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Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Charlie Morton walks off the mound after being relieved during the sixth inning in Game 7 of a baseball American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Charlie Morton quietly becomes dominant postseason pitcher

Oct. 22, 2020 7:45 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Charlie Morton has slowly and quietly become one of the most dominant postseason pitchers ever. He starts World Series Game 3 for the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night with a chance to tie Orlando Hernandez’s record of eight consecutive winning postseason decisions, according to...

The Tampa Bay Rays celebrates their win against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 of the baseball World Series Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. Ray beat the Dodgers 6-4.(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Column: Rays hungry for more after evening up World Series

Oct. 22, 2020 10:40 AM EDT

Game 1 of the World Series was all about Mookie Betts and his quest to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a title and fans across the country a free taco. Game 2 gave us a $27.50 hot dog that could feed the family, and a reminder that the Tampa Bay Rays may be even better than the sum of their bargain basement parts....

Tampa Bay Rays' Brandon Lowe watches his home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning in Game 2 of the baseball World Series Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Lowe homers twice, Rays hold off Dodgers 6-4 to even Series

Oct. 22, 2020 2:21 AM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Brandon Lowe kept finding his name near the top of Tampa Bay’s lineup even as his offensive struggles continued to mount this postseason. After Lowe finally busted out in Game 2 of the World Series, the Rays and Dodgers are tied deep in the heart of Texas. “Sometimes...

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Dustin May reacts after giving up a two-run home run to Tampa Bay Rays' Brandon Lowe during the fifth inning in Game 2 of the baseball World Series Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Parade of pitchers not a merry-go-round for Dodgers

Oct. 22, 2020 1:58 AM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — More was not merrier for Los Angeles Dodgers pitchers. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts went with an opener against the team that invented the concept, sending Tony Gonsolin to start Game 2 of the World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays as the first of seven pitchers -- one shy of the...

A limited number of spectators watch the Los Angeles Dodgers play against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning in Game 2 of the baseball World Series Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

World Series Notebook: Rays enjoying games with fans

Oct. 22, 2020 1:58 AM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — After winning the Division Series and AL Championship Series in San Diego, the Tampa Bay Rays played before fans in the World Series opener for the first time since spring training. “Playing a playoff game with zero fans in it has got to be one of the weirdest, most bizarre...

Tampa Bay Rays' Brandon Lowe celebrates a two-run home run with Willy Adames during the fifth inning in Game 2 of the baseball World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

The Latest: Lowe hits 2 homers, Rays even World Series

Oct. 21, 2020 11:51 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Latest on Game 2 of the World Series (all times local): 10:50 p.m. Brandon Lowe hit two home runs to break out of an extended postseason slump and the Tampa Bay Rays held off the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-4, tying the World Series at one game apiece. Down 5-0, the Dodgers closed...

Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen and catcher Will Smith celebrate their win against the Atlanta Braves in Game 5 of a baseball National League Championship Series Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Bullpen saved: Dodgers keep Jansen and Co. fresh for Game 2

Oct. 21, 2020 2:31 AM EDT

Winning Game 1 was a sweet way to start the World Series for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The cherry on top: all the big arms left on ice. Kenley Jansen, Blake Treinen and Brusdar Graterol should be fresh for Wednesday after watching the Dodgers’ 8-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 1. Clayton Kershaw...

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw warms up before Game 1 of the baseball World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Kershaw, LA stars shine, Dodgers top Rays 8-3 in WS opener

Oct. 21, 2020 1:58 AM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Clayton Kershaw, Cody Bellinger, Mookie Betts — the Los Angeles Dodgers stars all shined. Nothing out of the ordinary there, even if the setting was surreal. Baseball's best team during the pandemic-shortened season showed off its many talents in the first World Series game...

Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts celebrates their win against the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 1 of the baseball World Series Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. The Dodgers defeated the Rays 8-3 to lead the series 1-0 games. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

LEADING OFF: Dodgers turn to Jansen, bullpen for Game 2

Oct. 21, 2020 1:32 AM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors Wednesday: ___ BULLPEN SAVED The Dodgers were so good in Game 1 of the World Series, they helped themselves for Game 2. Top relievers Kenley Jansen, Blake Treinen and Brusdar Graterol should all be fresh for a bullpen game against Tampa Bay after they weren't needed in...

Los Angeles Dodgers' Mookie Betts hits a home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the sixth inning in Game 1 of the baseball World Series Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Total package: Betts paying off big for Dodgers in every way

Oct. 21, 2020 1:26 AM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mookie Betts slid headfirst across home plate, then popped up and did a double pump with his right fist. An inning later, he got to trot around the bases after going deep. That big commitment to Betts is already paying off for the Los Angeles Dodgers this postseason. After...