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

Heather Diaz
May 9, 2018

Though World Cup officials had been keen to make the logistics work in their bid to host matches at the London Stadium, the notion was eventually ruled out due to the awkward configuration required to fit the pitch into the venue without the setting sun impeding on play.

The games will take place on June 29 and 30 at the venue which hosted the Olympic Games in 2012.

Depending on how the three-game series goes, either the Yanks or Sox could find themselves with the best record in baseball and sitting in first place in the AL East come Friday morning. "We look forward to welcoming Major League Baseball, teams and fans to London Stadium for the first year of what we hope to be a fruitful, long term partnership".

London already has a strong presence in both the National Football League and NBA.

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

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Major League Baseball also announced that the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners will open next season at the Tokyo Dome on 20-21 March. There were significant challenges that had to be overcome.

Steinbrenner added: "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". Located in the eastern part of the capital, the stadium is now home of Premier League club West Ham United and was also used during the 2015 Rugby World Cup and the 2017 Athletics World Championships. "We expect an exciting and intense pair of games and appreciate the significance of representing our sport in such a meaningful way".

The rivalry between two of the sport's most successful teams stretches back more than a century and is widely regarded as the most passionate in baseball.

"Look, Red Sox-Yankees is always big, and obviously they're a great team".

It's also the first time the Red Sox and Yankees have played one another outside of NY or Boston.

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