The best-of-7 series is tied at one game apiece, with Tampa Bay the home team all weekend, so they get to bat last. The Dodgers, though they are the road team, will be playing their 13th straight game at this ballpark, after spending their 21st straight night at the same hotel.
Fox Sports’ broadcast of Game 3 will begin with a pregame show on FS1 at 4 p.m. PT for a half-hour before switching over to Fox at 4:30 p.m., followed by the game broadcast with a first pitch of 5:08 p.m. PT. Joe Buck and John Smoltz will call the game, with reporters Tom Verducci and Ken Rosenthal also on the broadcast.
On ESPN Radio, Dan Shulman will call play by play, alongside analysts Jessica Mendoza and Chris Singleton.
This is the 60th time the World Series has been tied 1-1 after two games. In the previous 59 such instances, the Game 3 winner won the series 38 times (64.4 percent).
The Dodgers’ recent history is a bit more scattered. During this eight-division-title run, the Dodgers have been tied 1-1 in nine previous series. In the seven-game series, the Game 3 winner won two of the four series; in the last instance, the Dodgers lost Game 3 of the 2018 NLCS before winning the series in seven games. In the Dodgers’ last five 1-1 best-of-5 series, the Game 3 winner won the series three times. The last instance there was the 2019 NLDS, when the Dodgers won Game 3 over Washington but lost the series in five games.