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London calling for Red Sox

20 March 2018

The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox are close to agreeing a deal to play a two-game Major League Baseball regular season series in London in June 2019, according to USA media reports.

Major League Baseball matches have already been staged outside the U.S. in Mexico, Japan, Puerto Rico, and most recently at Australia's Sydney Cricket Ground in March 2014.

The games would be played at London's Olympic Stadium, now home to the Premier League club West Ham United.

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Last year MLB's London-based managing director for Europe, Middle East and Africa Charlie Hill told City A.M. that "the United Kingdom is a priority market" and that "2019 is a realistic target".

A London series between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees is reportedly closer to being finalized, with a 2019 regular-season series in the works.

"We would love to participate in a series in London against the Yankees but this is a decision that Major League Baseball and the MLBPA will make", said Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy to Evan Drellich.

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While the details reportedly still are being ironed out, the Red Sox have the option to have both games count as home games, according to the AP.

The MLB has played games in Australia, Mexico and Japan, with the Yankees playing their first game of the 2004 season against the Tampa Bay Rays in Tokyo, while the Red Sox opened their 2008 season with two games against the Oakland Athletics in the Japanese capital.

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London calling for Red Sox