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New York Yankees & Boston Red Sox to play each other in London

New York Yankees & Boston Red Sox to play each other in London”

The 2019 series will be played on June 29 and June 30 at the London Stadium, the site of the 2012 Olympic Games, which will be configured for baseball, with an estimated capacity of 55,000.

The Red Sox and Yankees will take their bad blood across the pond in 2019.

Major League Baseball matches have been played outside the United States before, in Mexico, Japan, Puerto Rico and Australia.

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred was in London to make the announcement and said there was a commitment to play in London in 2020 as well, with the "intention to establish a long-term footprint in the city". "This is our most significant endeavour ever in Europe and we look forward to showcasing Major League Baseball in one of the world's great cities".

"Really pleased that we've secured MLB games in London for 2019 & 2020 - the first city to host a Major League Baseball game in Europe", London's mayor Sadiq Khan said in a tweet. Two of the most recognizable teams are once again two of the best.

London has oftentimes played host to middling or low-level teams for its NFL and NBA games, but MLB appears to be going all in by showcasing its premier rivalry in the form of the Yankees against the Red Sox.

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It has already been announced that Oakland and Seattle will play next season's opener at the Tokyo Dome on March 20-21. This series will surely be the most significant worldwide event to date for Major League ball.

Hal Steinbrenner, Yankees' managing general partner, said: "Bringing these storied teams together for British fans - who have such a profound appreciation for sports at the highest level - only adds to the unique allure of one of the world's greatest sporting rivalries".

The teams have met in the American League Championship Series three times, with the Yankees emerging as winners on two occasions.

The NBA and National Hockey League have also held regular-season games in London.

Talks were held in 2016 to stage regular-season matches in London but the plans were later abandoned.



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