The Tampa Bay Rays Are Larger Than They Appear

Tampa Bay’s unassuming roster continues to confound. After beating the Yankees on Monday, they have won 16 of 17 games.

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Fans Wait on Yankees to Show Up, but One Player Won’t Be Back

Jay Bruce, a recent arrival, announced his retirement, and the Yankees fell to 5-10, with problems that seem deeper than their struggles with Tampa Bay.

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2021 MLB Season Preview: Team-by-Team Capsules

Reasons for optimism and pessimism abound. Catch up with where each team stands ahead of opening day.

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Could Tampa Bay Be the New Titletown?

The success of the Buccaneers, Lightning and Rays — pro sports punch lines turned finals contestants — is a run that rivals past glory years in Boston, New York or Los Angeles.

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After a Dampened Celebration, Enduring Glory Still Awaits the Dodgers

For years, Los Angeles’s players have borne the burden of a title drought. The unusual circumstances of their World Series win won’t dim the joy and relief that come with the long-awaited championship.

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Blake Snell, Kevin Cash and a Decision That Will Haunt the Rays

Blake Snell was dominating the Dodgers in a must-win World Series game. Kevin Cash still pulled him, raising painful questions of what might have been.

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Dodgers Win the World Series After Years of Frustration

Mookie Betts delivered two runs in a Game 6 win over the Tampa Bay Rays that sealed the franchise’s first title in 32 years and compensated for several postseason disappointments.

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With Title in Sight, the Dodgers Are Armed and Ready to Get Creative

Los Angeles has a wealth of pitching options for two more potential World Series games. If the club can get the combination right, it could mean the end of a long title drought.

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In a Must-Win Game 6, Rays Plan to Turn Up the Aggressiveness

Tampa Bay Manager Kevin Cash said he felt like his pitchers had been too conservative so far in the World Series. Fortunately for the Rays, it will be Blake Snell, their ace, on the mound on Tuesday.

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A Bid to Steal Home Offers a Taste of the 20th Century

No, it wasn’t 1955 in Yankee Stadium, but yes, Manuel Margot tried to match Jackie Robinson in the World Series.

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Clayton Kershaw Steadies Dodgers and Puts a World Series Within Reach

Los Angeles rebounded after a wild loss on Saturday to beat the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 5 and move to within one win of a championship.

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Brett Phillips Becomes the Rays’ Latest Unlikely Hero

Phillips may have been the last hitter the Rays wanted in a do-or-die situation in the World Series. But he delivered one of the most memorable hits in team history to win Game 4.

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Rays Stun the Dodgers With a Chaotic Walk-Off Win in Game 4

The Dodgers needed one more out to take a 3-1 lead in the Series, but they made two mistakes on a wild final play that gave the Rays a memorable Game 4 victory.

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Austin Barnes Give the Dodgers an Unlikely Lift at the Plate

Barnes, a backup catcher, has been a mainstay in the World Series for the Dodgers because of his defense, but he delivered a home run and a timely bunt in Game 3.

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World Series: Dodgers Top the Rays in Game 3 With a Stellar Pitching Performance

Walker Buehler delivered an outstanding performance on the mound, allowing one run and three hits while collecting 10 strikeouts.

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Rays Rely on a Bullpen With a Simple Aim: Throw It Over the Plate

A relatively unheralded group of relievers has been crucial to Tampa Bay’s success this year, bucking the trend among recent contenders.

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World Series: Rays Bounce Back With a Narrow Win Over the Dodgers

Brandon Lowe burst out of his slump with two home runs, and Blake Snell was dominant on the mound as Tampa Bay rebounded from a lopsided Game 1 loss.

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Mookie Betts Leads the Dodgers’ Stars With a Masterful Performance

The Dodgers overwhelmed the Rays in Game 1, with Betts showing off the consistent excellence that convinced Los Angeles to sign him to a 12-year contract.

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Should a Neutral-Site World Series Become Baseball’s New Normal?

Scott Boras, the sport’s most powerful agent, thinks M.L.B.’s marquee event deserves more pageantry, which isn’t easy to produce quickly in a two-city Series.

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What to Expect From the Dodgers and Rays in World Series Game 1

The battle for the 2020 World Series title starts tonight at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.

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World Series Preview: A Clash of Coasts and Contrasts

Los Angeles vs. Tampa Bay. Big spenders vs. penny-pinchers. Stars vs. relative unknowns. The Dodgers and the Rays both dominated to get to this point, but did so in different ways.

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Rays Thwart Astros’ Comeback and Reach Their Second World Series

With a victory over Houston in Game 7 of the A.L.C.S., Tampa Bay avoided becoming the second team to lose a seven-game series after taking a 3-0 lead.

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Astros Battle Back to Force a Game 7 Against the Rays

Tampa Bay will start Charlie Morton, a former Astro, in a do-or-die game Saturday night, hoping to avoid joining the 2004 Yankees as the only teams to lose a series after taking a 3-0 lead.

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Randy Arozarena, the Rays’ Cuban Star, Was Honed in Mexico

“I’m Cuban, but it’d be an honor for me to represent Mexico,” said Randy Arozarena, the rookie who has taken the postseason by storm.

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Astros Heckler Torments Team With Megaphone

A White Sox fan had a balcony overlooking the stadium where the Astros were playing. He couldn’t pass up the opportunity to shame them for their cheating scandal.

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Expanded M.L.B. Playoffs Leads to More Rookies Making Postseason Debuts

Before this year, only two players had made their M.L.B. debuts in postseason games. In 2020, three have done so, thanks to an expanded playoff format.

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How Mike Brosseau Went From Undrafted to October Hero

Four years ago, 1,216 other players were picked instead of Brosseau in the major league draft. But his perseverance led to a moment of glory, and an A.L.C.S. berth for the Rays.

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Handcuffed by a New Rule, Rays Manage to Escape

The three-batter-minimum rule gives managers a different set of variables, and the decisions can be just as intriguing.

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For the Astros, One Final Hurdle to a Defiant World Series Return

Despite a losing record in the regular season, Houston has blitzed through the postseason and reached the A.L.C.S., where a crafty Rays squad awaits.

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Rays End Yankees’ Season With a Late Homer in Game 5

Mike Brosseau hit a solo home run off Aroldis Chapman in the eighth inning to send Tampa Bay past the Yankees and into the A.L.C.S.

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Yankees Beat Back the Rays, Giving Gerrit Cole a Shot at Game 5

A stout performance from Jordan Montgomery, coupled with some timely hitting, set up the Yankees to put their best pitcher on the mound in a winner-take-all showdown on Friday.

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‘We’ll See Those Guys Again’: The Yankees and Rays Wanted This Series

The Yankees are in an unfamiliar position as underdogs against Tampa Bay after losing eight of their 10 games against the Rays in the regular season.

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Division Series: Faces Are Familiar, but the Landscape Has Changed

All four series feature division rivals facing off, but the packed schedule means regular-season tactics might not cut it.

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Enrique Oliu, Rays’ Blind Broadcaster, Navigates a Year Without Fans

Enrique Oliu, a blind radio broadcaster for the Tampa Bay Rays, relies on crowd noise and on-field sounds to do his job. This season, he’s had to adjust more than anyone.

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Who Should Bear the Financial Brunt of the Coronavirus in Baseball?

The owners shipped a pay proposal to players that appeared to be a nonstarter. But the sides want a deal by Monday to return to play.

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