Alex Cora as the next Red Sox manager seemed like a sure thing in recent days. But one other team is hoping to change that. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported on Saturday that when the American League Championship Series ends on Saturday night, the Washington Nationals plan to ask Houston for permission to speak with the team’s bench coach. The Nationals fired Dusty Baker following another early postseason exit. Several reports this week indicated that the Red Sox plan to offer Cora their managerial job.