Major League Baseball officially announces next year's Yankees-Red Sox series in London

Boston Red Sox's Andrew Benintendi strikes out during the eighth inning for his fourth strikeout of the night as Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin walks away during a baseball game in Toronto. There

Two games in London, next June 29th and 30th.

The announcement of MLB's arrival in London comes in the wake of discussions between Rob Manfred, the sport's commissioner, and the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and follows the successful introduction of other USA sports into the capital.

Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge puts Red Sox relief pitcher Joe Kelly in a headlock after Kelly hit Yankees' Tyler Austin with a pitch. "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".

Regardless of the success of the MLB's foray to London, two more matches have already been slated for 2020 - potentially involving different teams - as Manfred continues his push to expand baseball's footprint beyond the confines of the US.

Britain will follow other worldwide venues that have hosted regular-season Major League games, joining Mexico, Japan, Puerto Rico and Australia. Major League Baseball has gone to that well too many times.

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

Mr Khan has said he wants to make London the sporting capital of the world.

"In future years there may be many more games in London and maybe a baseball team permanently".

"Really pleased that we've secured MLB games in London for 2019 & 2020 - the first city to host a Major League Baseball game in Europe", London's mayor Sadiq Khan said in a tweet. "I can't wait to hear someone shout "play ball" at London Stadium".

Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly connects with a punch on the head of Yankees' Tyler Austin.

London will host three National Football League games this season, with the Philadelphia Eagles facing the Jaguars at Wembley and the Tennessee Titans taking on the Los Angeles Chargers at the same venue, while the Oakland Raiders and the Seattle Seahawks will face off at the soon-to-be-finished Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on 14 October.

The NFL has played games in London every year since 2007, while the National Basketball Association has held eight regular-season games there since 2011.

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