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Red Sox-Yankees at London Stadium will feature a unique field setup

Red Sox-Yankees at London Stadium will feature a unique field setup

We've seen (American) football games on baseball fields. But how can you transform a massive soccer stadium into a venue for an MLB game?

We're finding out, as the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees will face off at London Stadium this weekend in MLB's first-ever games in Europe.

That means stadium crews have had to lay down dirt and artificial turf to change the home of West Ham United into a baseball field. And apparently it's coming together quite nicely.

Here's a look at a few photos from inside the stadium:

MLB senior field coordinator and consultant Murray Cook, who led the London Stadium project, likened the transformed field to a "ballpark-in-a-box" that essentially plops an entire ballpark in the middle of an oval pitch.

"Under the armor deck is the track-and-field venue and this multimillion-dollar soccer pitch; we can't anchor or dig any holes," Cook told ESPN.com's Marly Rivera. "So everything has to be balanced or weighted to support all the fencing structure and foul poles."

The on-field dimensions are pretty standard (if slightly small): 385 feet to center field and 330 feet down each line. But the one unique aspect will be the massive amount of foul territory on either side that Cook compared to the Oakland Coliseum. There's also a 16-foot wall in center field that Cook calls a "mini Green Monster." (The Red Sox are the home team, after all.)

There's still work to be done ahead of the first game Friday, but this "ballpark-in-a-box" seems almost ready to host the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry on foreign soil.

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Red Sox' Rafael Devers sets new single-season record for most RBI vs. Blue Jays

Red Sox' Rafael Devers sets new single-season record for most RBI vs. Blue Jays

Rafael Devers is a certified Blue Jays killer.

The Red Sox third baseman has punished the AL East foe all season long, and he continued that trend in Wednesday night's matchup going 3-for-4 with four RBI.

That gives Devers 25 total RBI vs. the Blue Jays this year, passing David Ortiz (2005) for most by a player against Toronto in a single season. Wildly enough, Devers' mark is likely to increase as he'll get to face the Blue Jays four more times in 2019.

That isn't Devers' only impressive stat vs. Toronto. The 22-year-old's seven home runs against the Blue Jays are the third-most in a season by a Red Sox player, trailing only Manny Ramirez (9 in 2001) and J.D. Martinez (8 in 2018).

The Blue Jays will be happy to have a break from Devers after the two teams wrap up their series on Thursday night. After that, they'll next see him again in Toronto on September 10.

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Breakfast Podcast, July 18, 2019: David Price feud with Dennis Eckersley resurfaces

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Breakfast Podcast, July 18, 2019: David Price feud with Dennis Eckersley resurfaces

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01:10: David Price made some comments about his now longtime feud with Dennis Eckersley. John Tomase reacts to his comments, and what the timing could say about his contract with the Red Sox. 

10:05: After Kemba Walker and Enes Kanter had their first press conference as Celtics today, Danny Ainge revealed exactly when he had a good idea that Kyrie was leaving. Phil Perry Chris Forsberg, and Chris Gasper react. 

13:58: The Revolution beat Vancouver handily, 4-0 and Gustavo Bou makes his debut with a goal. Paul Mariner and Brad Feldman speak with head coach, Bruce Arena after the game to get his thought on the win, as well as the success since he has come to New England. 

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