MLB London Series Set for June 2019

Boston Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly

The 2019 matches are set for June 29-30, with the Red Sox designated as the home team, in what will be the first regular-season Major League Baseball fixtures staged in Europe.

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.

It's the first time since 2002 Boston and NY have met with the two best records in all of baseball.

"We are bringing you one of the best rivalries in baseball", MLS Commissioner Rob Manfred said on Tuesday.

Britain will now join other worldwide venues to have hosted regular-season games, along with Mexico, Japan, Puerto Rico and Australia.

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Major League Baseball said it was also "committed to playing in London in 2020 and our intention is to establish a long-term footprint in the city".

Baseball is following in the footsteps of American football, which has regularly held National Football League (NFL) games in England since 2007.

Now, Boston and NY will take their historic rivalry to the iconic Olympic Stadium (now known as London Stadium), which hosted the 2012 Summer Olympics and also is the home to the soccer club West Ham of the Premier League. And Mayor Khan was equally confident that the matches would not rain on the World Cup parade. "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".

"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 great thing about London is there are various sporting events taking place every day of the week", Khan told ESPN. "I can't wait to hear someone shout "play ball" at London Stadium".

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