Red Sox, Yankees to play regular-season games in London in 2019

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Get ready for Major League Baseball at London Stadium in June of 2019.

The London Stadium will have a 55,000 capacity for the games but Henry believes Londoners will struggle to secure tickets. "This is our most significant endeavor ever in Europe, and we look forward to showcasing Major League Baseball in one of the world's great cities".

Major League Baseball has expanded its reach in recent years, hosting games in Japan, Australia, Puerto Rico and most recently in Mexico this past weekend, where the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres played a three-game series at Estadio de Beisbol in Monterrey.

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. The Oakland A's and Seattle Mariners will also open the 2019 season at the Tokyo Dome in March. "They are aware they'll be a part of history, but they also know these games count".

The Red Sox and Yankees will take their bad blood across the pond in 2019. There were significant challenges that had to be overcome.

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Yankeees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner was on hand at Tuesday's news conference along with Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred, Red Sox principal owner John Henry and London mayor Sadiq Khan.

"London was a target for us regardless of either football or basketball", Manfred was quoted as saying by the London Evening Standard. "I can't wait to hear someone shout "play ball" at London Stadium", he added.

"We expect an exciting and intense pair of games and appreciate the significance of representing our sport in such a meaningful way". Three more are scheduled for this year.

Major League Baseball officials, along with Red Sox and Yankees brass held a joint press conference this morning to make the big announcement.

The Red Sox and Yankees rivalry is legendary, with both teams having played in the American League for more than a century.

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