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Chris Taylor and the Dodgers square off against Tampa Bay in Game 1 of the World Series

SB Nation logo SB Nation 10/20/2020 Caroline Darney
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The 2020 World Series gets underway tonight, October 20, as the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays square off in Arlington, Texas. Globe Life Field, the home of the Texas Rangers, is hosting the event with limited fans as precautions are still in place for the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Class of 2020 Virginia Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Chris Taylor is getting the start for the Dodgers at second base and will be batting seventh. Taylor has been a valuable utility player for Los Angeles this season, playing four different positions — second base, short stop, left field, and center field — while batting .270 and adding 35 RBI. He leads the team in triples (2), is tied for second in doubles (10), and fifth in hits (50).

This is Taylor’s third trip to the World Series in four years (all with the Dodgers), and he was named the NLCS co-MVP in the 2017 NLCS against the Chicago Cubs. Los Angeles lost to the Houston Astros in the 2017 World Series and dropped the 2018 title to now-teammate Betts and the Boston Red Sox. The Dodgers failed to make the World Series in 2019, falling to the eventual champion Washington Nationals in the NLDS.

The Dodgers beat the Milwaukee Brewers (2-0), San Diego Padres (3-0), and Atlanta Braves (4-3) to reach the World Series.

Taylor played for Virginia from 2010 to 2012, and could become the sixth Cavalier to win a World Series title. Ricky Horton, Javier Lopez, Derek Fisher, Sean Doolittle, and Ryan Zimmerman have all reached the pinnacle in baseball, and there has been a Virginia player in eight of the last 11 World Series.

How to Watch

What: World Series Game 1

Who: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Tampa Bay Rays

Time: 8:11pm ET

Channel: FOX

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