Tampa Bay’s unassuming roster continues to confound. After beating the Yankees on Monday, they have won 16 of 17 games.
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.
Reasons for optimism and pessimism abound. Catch up with where each team stands ahead of opening day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No, it wasn’t 1955 in Yankee Stadium, but yes, Manuel Margot tried to match Jackie Robinson in the World Series.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Walker Buehler delivered an outstanding performance on the mound, allowing one run and three hits while collecting 10 strikeouts.
A relatively unheralded group of relievers has been crucial to Tampa Bay’s success this year, bucking the trend among recent contenders.
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.
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.
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.
The battle for the 2020 World Series title starts tonight at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
The three-batter-minimum rule gives managers a different set of variables, and the decisions can be just as intriguing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All four series feature division rivals facing off, but the packed schedule means regular-season tactics might not cut it.
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.
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.