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The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox are nearing an agreement to play a two-game, regular season series in London in June 2019, according to people familiar with the matter. "So, if that's true, maybe I'm going to London".

The London Stadium, home to Premier League club West Ham and the 2012 Olympic Games, is the most likely venue because its pitch "can best accommodate the dimensions of a baseball field", the Mail says.

"This is something the two clubs have discussed for years with Major League Baseball and hopefully it will become a reality", Red Sox and Liverpool owner John Henry told The Associated Press.

The franchises have connections to the Premier League as well, with the Yankees in a partnership with Manchester City, while Red Sox owner John Henry also owns Liverpool.

Assuming plans are finalized, the series will be played at Olympic Stadium, which hosted the 2012 Olympics and is now used for soccer and track and field events.

It's worth noting that major-league players never seem super jazzed about disrupting their routines to play overseas and that a mid-season series could bug them even more, but the option to play games abroad is written into the collective bargaining agreement, so they'll just have to deal with it.

"I think it would be a lot of fun, to be honest", Yankees first baseman Greg Bird said. The Cleveland Indians and the Minnesota Twins will play a two-game series in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on April 17-18, and the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers will play a three-game series in Monterrey, Mexico, on May 4-6. In seven games, Gomez had gone 1-1 with a 10.80 ERA. He was quickly visited by a trainer and replaced by Donovan Solano. It sounds like the 34-year-old outfielder should be ready by the second or third week of the season. Work groups don't necessarily lead to season-opening assignments, though Florial did finish up 2017 with 19 games at Tampa.

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