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The Tampa Bay Rays own the American League’s best record and the league’s No. 1 seed in the 2020 MLB playoffs. The New York Yankees were the AL’s favorites coming into the season before an up-and-down regular season netted them the No. 5 seed.
After both swept their way through this postseason’s new Wild Card Series, the two AL East rivals with a history of bad blood and dust-ups are set to square off in San Diego with a spot in the ALCS on the line. Here’s how both teams got here, keys to the series and more.
Why this ALDS is worth the hype
The history of run-ins between these two division foes goes back further than you might think, but you don’t have to go back nearly that far to understand that the dislike between the teams is real and it could boil over again at any given moment.
Things have been particularly heated between the teams since a series in September 2018, and neither side seemingly has let it go. In a game Aug. 31, the Rays pitched up and in on DJ LeMahieu, and Yankees starter Masahiro