Red Sox-Yankees Will Play Two Games In London In 2019

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09 May, 2018

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The matches will be held on 29 and 30 June and will be the first Major League Baseball (MLB) games to be staged in Europe.

It's finally official: The Red Sox and Yankees will play a pair of games in London in 2019.

"The stadium infrastructure in this city gives Major League Baseball every opportunity to put on a first-class event", Manfred said.

The big announcement comes as the two teams begin a three game series at Yankee Stadium tonight. There is no better way to start the London Series and the first Major League Baseball fixture in Europe than a clash between two heavyweights of global sport - the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT) that Oakland and Seattle will open next season at the Tokyo Dome on March 20-21.

"They are excited about the chance to meet new fans, and showcase the game they love".

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan hailed the "historic agreement" that will see baseball games played at the home of Premier League side West Ham, saying it showed London is the sporting capital of the world. This series will surely be the most significant worldwide event to date for Major League ball.

The Yankees host the Red Sox this week in a three-game series. "I can't wait to hear someone shout "play ball" at London Stadium".

The deal is similar to those agreed with NFL American Football and NBA basketball, both of which now hold regular fixtures in London.

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

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