Red Sox, Yankees to play MLB games at London Stadium in 2019

Marcus Newton
May 9, 2018

The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will face each other in two regular-season games at the Olympic Stadium in London next year.

Boston will be the home team for the games, which have been scheduled for June 29 and 30 and will feature a capacity of 55,000 at the home of Premier League football club West Ham.

Major League Baseball said it also "committed to playing in London in 2020 and our intention is to establish a long-term footprint in the city" as American sports further embrace British fans.

One of the fiercest rivalries in sport - the New York Yankees versus the Boston Red Sox - is on the move and heading to London as Major League Baseball flies across the Atlantic to broaden its global reach.

The NFL has played games in London every year since 2007, while the National Basketball Association has held eight regular-season games there since 2011.

This will be the first time the MLB has ventured to Europe, following in the footsteps of both the NFL and NHL. Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT) that Oakland and Seattle will open next season at the Tokyo Dome on March 20-21.

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The news represents a coup for the mayor of London Sadiq Khan, who has been pushing to make his city the "capital of world sport".

Today's announcement was said to be "years in the making" with regular discussions held between Red Sox principal owner John Henry and Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner.

"This series will surely be the most significant global event to date for Major League ball".

These are the two best baseball teams in the world and arguably the two best sporting teams in the world.

The Red Sox said Betts, who leads the AL with a.355 batting average and an MLB-best 13 home runs, suffered a bruised right shoulder after getting hit in the second inning Sunday vs.

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