It could be a classic Fall Classic.
The Rays, with their payroll and lineup and unorthodox strategies, are still the David of the David and Goliath story; but this year, they’re armed with a flamethrower (or a stable of them), and not a simple slingshot. The Rays upended the Astros and Yankees en route to their first World Series berth since 2008, but how they got here is mostly the same: excellent pitching, timely hitting and a swagger befitting of an early 2000s hip-hop video.
Goliath, though, is still Goliath: The Dodgers and their seemingly endless pipeline of quality talent are vying for a championship for the third time in four years. While Los Dodgers are becoming a tale of “What if?” over “That happened,” 2020 is perhaps their best opportunity at a ‘ship in their recent runs at greatness. The Dodgers are armed with quality arms, versatile hitters and ample experience; if the Rays are going to win their first title, then they’ll have to earn it.
It’s Tyler Glasnow vs. Clayton Kershaw, Rays vs. Dodgers, David vs. Goliath (again). Hold on to your butts.
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Dodgers vs. Rays score
Dodgers vs. Rays live updates, highlights from World Series
11:14 p.m. END TOP EIGHTH: Three pop outs for the Rays in the eighth inning, and they’re going to have a lot of work to do in the ninth to pull this one out.
11:06 p.m. END OF SEVENTH: Quiet inning for the Dodgers, who go down in order in the seventh.
10:58 p.m. END TOP SEVENTH: Victor Gonzalez turns a comebacker into a double play. Rays strand a few, down five runs.
10:54 p.m. TAMPA BAY SCORING PLAY: Kevin Kiermaier with an RBI single of his own. Rays pick up another, down 8-3 in the seventh, runners on first and second.
10:53 p.m. TAMPA BAY SCORING PLAY: Mike Brosseau singles in Manuel Margot. Rays down 8-2 in the seventh, first and third one out.
10:46 p.m.: Rays have runners on second and third with one out, and Dave Roberts is making a pitching change.
10:36 p.m. END OF SIXTH: Bellinger goes down looking, and that’ll do it for the Dodgers scoring in the sixth. They’re up 8-1.
10:32 p.m. LOS ANGELES SCORING PLAY: Muncy with a laser shot to right center field for a double, Justin Turner scores. 8-1 Dodgers in the sixth.
10:30 p.m. LOS ANGELES SCORING PLAY: Mookie Betts drills an opposite field home run, 7-1 Dodgers.
10:26 p.m. END TOP SIXTH: Kershaw, again, makes quick work of the Rays following an extended stay on the bench. Dodgers up 6-1.
10:19 p.m. END OF FIFTH: Dodgers score four in the inning, it’s a 6-1 game heading to the sixth.
10:16 p.m. LOS ANGELES SCORING PLAY: Kiké Hernandez with a pinch-hit single, scoring Will Smith. Dodgers pouring it on, 6-1 in the fifth.
10:14 p.m. LOS ANGELES SCORING PLAY: Chris Taylor with a single to left center, scoring Muncy. Dodgers up 5-1.
10:09 p.m.: Glasnow is now out of the game, Ryan Yarbrough is now in the game, and Kevin Cash is catching heat for leaving Glasnow in for 112 pitches.
10:04 p.m. LOS ANGELES SCORING PLAY: Will Smith knocks in a run with a single, scoring Seager. Dodgers lead 4-1.
10:01 p.m. LOS ANGELES SCORING PLAY: Mookie Betts scores on a fielder’s choice from Max Muncy, getting back the run. Dodgers lead 3-1.
9:55 p.m.: Back-to-back walks for Glasnow in this inning, with Justin Turner up and no outs.
9:46 p.m. END TOP FIFTH: Kiermaier cuts into the lead with a solo shot, Rays down 2-1.
9:42 p.m. TAMPA BAY SCORING PLAY: Kevin Kiermaier with a solo shot to right field, cutting down the Dodger lead to 2-1.
9:38 p.m. END OF FOURTH: Glasnow allows the 2-run bomb to Bell but escapes further damage.
9:25 p.m. LOS ANGELES SCORING PLAY: Cody Bellinger launches a ball to right center for a 2-run bomb. Dodgers score first, 2-0 LA.
9:21 p.m.: Max Muncy works a leadoff walk in the fourth.
9:17 p.m. END TOP FOURTH: Kershaw with another strikeout, still no score after 3 1/2.
9:09 p.m. END OF THIRD: Turner strikes out on a questionable check swing, Glasnow strikes out the side in the frame.
9:07 p.m.: Glasnow is hitting 100 on the radar gun, Corey Seager on with two outs for Justin Turner.
8:57 p.m. END TOP THIRD: Kershaw with another easy 1-2-3 inning, and Kershaw looks like he’s finding his stuff.
8:50 p.m. END OF SECOND: Joc Pederson strikes out on a filthy breaking ball to end the inning.
8:47 p.m.: Chris Taylor with a two-out hit just past Willy Adames, the first hit of the night for the Dodgers.
8:44 p.m.: Rays pulling out the four-man outfield for Will Smith, who strikes out.
8:39 p.m. END TOP SECOND: An easy 1-2-3 inning for Kershaw as the Rays go quietly.
8:33 p.m. END OF FIRST: Muncy skies a ball to center to end the inning. Back-to-back fly balls induced by Glasnow.
8:30 p.m.: Glasnow walks Corey Seager. One on, one out for Justin Turner.
8:26 p.m.: Glasnow runs it full to lead-off man Mookie Betts, who eventually grounds out. Betts enters hitting .311 this postseason.
8:21 p.m. END TOP FIRST: Kershaw works into and out of trouble after a little nubber from Margot ends in a tough ground out. Dodgers coming up.
8:20 p.m.: Renfroe with a strikeout on a questionable check swing. Manuel Margot up with two on, two out.
8:14 p.m.: After a leadoff single by Díaz, Brandon Lowe pops out and Randy Arozarena works a walk. Hunter Renfroe up.
8:12 p.m.: Three minutes late but we are underway, with Clayton Kershaw’s first pitch to Yandy Diaz a strike.
8:08 p.m.: One minute from first pitch, folks. World Series 2020 is here. Joyous day.
7:40 p.m.: Hello, hello, here are the lineups for this fine Game 1 upon us:
World Series Game 1 start time
First pitch: 8:09 p.m. ETTV channel: FoxLive stream: Fox Sports Go, fuboTV
First pitch for Game 1 of the 2020 World Series is scheduled for 8:09 p.m. ET. All games of the 2020 World Series will start around the same time.
The pitching matchup for Game 1 pits the Rays’ Tyler Glasnow vs. Dodgers stalwart Clayton Kershaw.
World Series schedule 2020
All seven games of the World Series will take place from MLB’s bubble location in Arlington, Tex. Games will take place from Globe Life Field, home of the Texas Rangers.
The Dodgers will operate as the home team in Games 1, 2, 6 and 7. Sides flip in Games 3, 4 and 5 when the Rays will be the home team.
Tuesday, Oct. 20
Rays vs. Dodgers, Game 1
8:09 p.m. ET
Wednesday, Oct. 21
Rays vs. Dodgers, Game 2
8:08 p.m. ET
Friday, Oct. 23
Dodgers vs. Rays, Game 3
8:08 p.m. ET
Saturday, Oct. 24
Dodgers vs. Rays, Game 4
8:08 p.m. ET
Sunday, Oct. 25
Dodgers vs. Rays, Game 5*
8:08 p.m. ET
Tuesday, Oct. 27
Rays vs. Dodgers, Game 6*
8:08 p.m. ET
Wednesday, Oct. 28
Rays vs. Dodgers, Game 7*
8:09 p.m. ET