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World Series odds: MLB title favorites for shortened 2020 season revealed

World Series odds: MLB title favorites for shortened 2020 season revealed

Just two years ago, the Boston Red Sox won the 2018 World Series after earning a franchise record 119 victories in the regular season and postseason combined.

The Red Sox will enter the shortened 2020 MLB season as a longshot to claim another championship.

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Boston is +3000 to win the World Series in the latest title odds at DraftKings Sportsbook, following Tuesday's announcement that the 2020 season will in fact happen after months of tense negotiations between MLB and MLBPA amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Red Sox also have +1300 odds to win the American League pennant. Five teams in the AL have better odds.

Who are the World Series favorites? A pair of perennial contenders in the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers. 

Here are the updated 2020 championship odds, via DraftKings Sportsbook:

L.A. Dodgers: +375
N.Y. Yankees: +400
Houston Astros: +650
Atlanta Braves: +1300
Minnesota Twins: +1600
Tampa Bay Rays: +1800
Washington Nationals: +1800
N.Y. Mets: +2000
Philadelphia Phillies: +2000
St. Louis Cardinals: +2000

The Nationals are the defending champions for the first time in team history, and they face the challenge of becoming the first repeat World Series winner since the New York Yankees' three-peat from 1998 through 2000.

The Dodgers have been among the World Series favorites for much of the last decade. L.A. has made the playoffs in seven consecutive seasons, a run that includes four National League Championship Series appearances and two World Series appearances (both losses). The Dodgers recently have come pretty close to ending their 30-plus year title drought, but finishing the job has proven quite difficult. That said, acquiring superstar outfielder Mookie Betts in a trade with the Red Sox earlier this year has renewed World Series hopes again in Los Angeles.

Red Sox vs. Yankees highlights: Alex Verdugo homers, but Sox lose fifth straight

Red Sox vs. Yankees highlights: Alex Verdugo homers, but Sox lose fifth straight

FINAL SCORE: New York Yankees 10, Boston Red Sox 3

IN BRIEF: Alex Verdugo hit a solo home run, but the Red Sox couldn't get anything else going against Gerrit Cole on Friday night as Boston dropped Game 1 of its series in the Bronx. Sox opener Colten Brewer allowed four hits and three walks for two runs in 2.2 innings, and Ryan Brasier allowed three runs in relief including a bomb off the bat of Gary Sanchez.

Dylan Covey and Brandon Workman didn't fare any better as they allowed three and two runs respectively in the late innings.

Friday night's loss marked the Red Sox's fifth straight defeat.

BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 6-14

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HIGHLIGHTS

Torres gives Yanks early lead

Verdugo takes Cole deep

Sanchez launches one off Brasier

Frazier piles it on

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Mookie Betts' daughter has adorable reaction to his 3-home run game

Mookie Betts' daughter has adorable reaction to his 3-home run game

Mookie Betts gave the Boston Red Sox a reminder of what they've been missing with a historic performance for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night.

Betts crushed three home runs vs. the San Diego Padres for the sixth three-homer performance of his career, tying the MLB record.

The real star, though? That would be Betts' daughter, Kynlee. The 27-year-old shared an adorable video of Kynlee reacting to his home runs, and it's the most adorable thing you'll watch all day.

"My daughter Kynlee is watching me, I have no other choice but to wake up everyday and give it my all!" Betts captioned the Instagram video.

Watch below:


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It doesn't get any better than that.

Betts entered Friday night slashing .319/.380/.694 with seven homers through 19 games with L.A. Meanwhile, the hapless Red Sox are coming off an embarrassing 17-8 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays and a four-game series sweep.