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Gamethread: Dodgers vs. Rays, World Series Game 4

Do the Rays return serve, or will L.A. take a commanding series lead?

2020 World Series Game 4: Los Angeles Dodgers v. Tampa Bay Rays
An iPad is seen outside of the batting cage before Game 4 of the 2020 World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Tampa Bay Rays at Globe Life Field on Oct. 24, 2020 in Arlington, Texas.
Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Both Julio Urías and Ryan Yarbrough have played relief roles in the playoffs to this point, Urías closing out the NLCS with three innings out of the pen, Yarbrough tapping in for work in the fifth inning of Game 1 of the World Series.

Both pitchers get the start tonight.

You have to give the advantage to L.A., as Urías has a gilded pedigree that’s been slowed by injury, not poor performance. The southpaw has been nails this postseason. Yarbrough hopes to take Tampa deep (by 2020 terms, halfway) through the game, but manager Kevin Cash has his bullpen largely rested and is able to treat this as a bullpen day if his young lefty falters.

The Dodgers are the visitors in Arlington tonight:

Here’s how the home Rays will face Urías:

This is a big one for the Rays; falling behind 3-1 spells doom. Per MLB, 40 of 46 teams (87%, including 11 of the last 12) who have gone up 3-1 in the World Series have gone on to win.

The action tips off at 7 p.m. CST on FOX.