ST. PETERSBURG — There are still some things the Rays don’t know about their potential path through the playoffs.But under the plan made official by Major League Baseball on Tuesday, they are in position to open at home with a best-of-three series starting Sept. 29.If the Rays hang on to their lead in the American League East — four games ahead of the Yankees after beating Washington 6-1 on Tuesday — they will join the other division winners and the second-place team with the best record in hosting what are being Wild Card Series in the new expanded fields of eight playoff teams in each league.Based on the standings after Tuesday’s games, the Rays would host either the Blue Jays or Indians.From there the four winners in each league will advance to neutral sites and bubble-type setups, the AL teams going to either San Diego or Los Angeles (based on their seeding) and the National League teams to Houston or Arlington, Texas.They will play best-of-five Division Series at each site, starting Oct. 5-6, with no off days. The winners will meet in best-of-seven League Championship Series in San Diego (Oct. 11-17) and Arlington (Oct. 12-18), also played on consecutive days.The best-of-seven World Series also will be in Arlington at the Rangers' new Globe Life Field, Oct. 20-28."You get like a little homefield advantage in the beginning, that first series,'' Rays player rep Tyler Glasnow said. "Then everyone else is in the same boat, having to play on the road. There’s not really any homefield advantage as far as the playing field goes, I’d say it’s relatively even."Obviously it’s not anyone’s first choice, but … with everything else going on this year, it’s actually moved relatively fluidly.''The schedule was a product of extensive negotiations between the league and the players regarding COVID-19 protocols and the bubble sites, including an agreement for players to quarantine the final week of the regular season and a plan for family members to join them after also quarantining."The biggest thing for the players was the families,'' Glasnow said.That plan was a product of owners wanting to take extra precautions not to risk having the postseason disrupted or canceled due to an outbreak as they are set receive close to $1 billion in television revenue.For the Rays, that means they will leave after Wednesday’s game for a seven-day trip to Baltimore and New York, then return home and have to move into a team hotel for the Sept. 24 off-day, final weekend of the regular season and first round of the playoffs, assuming they are participating and hosting.Families who want to go to the bubble sites will have to quarantine, either before, during or after the same seven-day period as the players. There are numerous rules regarding quarantine and travel for them.There is also an option for a player to have up to six family members or guests attend the bubble-site games but not stay or interact directly with them. Those guests do not have to quarantine."We fully recognize that the process … places significant burdens on clubs, club staff, players and their families,'' deputy commissioner Dan Halem wrote to teams in a memo obtained by the Tampa Bay Times . "We also understand the logistics will require substantial effort to complete in a very short time frame. However, managing a potential COVID-19 infection during the postseason will be much more difficult than during the regular season, and we must do everything possible to minimize the risk of exposure.''There is also a possibility that a limited number of fans beyond the family members will be allowed into World Series games.Rays general manager Erik Neander and travel and logistics director Chris Westmoreland addressed the team briefly before batting practice Tuesday to go over some details and answer questions.There are myriad other issues and details involved.For example, the league and union will provide joint funds for players who, because of the quarantine, either need to extend the lease at the in-season rental home or will provide packing, moving and/or storage service.For another, players and families won’t be able to leave the bubble hotels except to go to the games, but they will be allowed to roam the grounds and use outdoor spaces."The agreement attempts to balance players' experiences and concerns while making the accommodations necessary to best ensure a safe, healthy and successful conclusion to the 2020 season,'' union chief Tony Clark said.Manager Kevin Cash didn’t want to discuss anything about the plan, such as the potential issues of playing five or seven straight days, until the Rays are officially participating, which seems likely to be assured this week."We’ve got to get there first,'' he said. "Let’s see what we can do to clinch something here. We need to play better and then we’ll start worrying about that stuff after the fact. I’m not comfortable talking about it until we’ve done something special and that’s to clinch and get in the postseason.''Teams have to designate a 40-player pool on Sept. 20 to be eligible for the postseason — the 28 active players that day, plus any others on the injured list. Except for what are defined as "exceptional circumstances,'' that is the group that teams will draw from for the entire postseason.