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Yankees-Red Sox series in London will be played on artificial turf

Yankees-Red Sox series in London will be played on artificial turf

The Red Sox and Yankees will take their rivalry across the pond next month when they play a regular-season series in London.

The new venue in a new country isn't the only thing new. For the first time in more than 2,200 meetings, they'll play on artificial turf.

Major League Baseball concluded there wasn't time to install a new grass baseball field over the grass soccer pitch and track at Olympic Stadium in London, so artificial turf  - similar to what the Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays and Arizona Diamondbacks have at their ballparks - will be put in over gravel that will cover the existing surface.

MLB was granted access to the stadium, built for the 2012 Olympics and home of West Ham of English Premier League soccer, for 21 days before the Yanks-Sox series.

“It’s the first Yankees-Red Sox game out of the country, so why not a lot of firsts?” Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia told the Associated Press. “I think it will be fine.”

Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts said the Sox have some familiarity with the surface because of playing the Jays and Rays in the American League East.

“If we had never played on turf, it would be different, but we’ve played on turf,” Bogaerts told the AP. 

Another first, Boston is designated as the home team for the games but both teams will wear their home uniforms. So, the Yankees pinstripes will be on display against the Sox home whites. 

By the way, the Yankees hold a 1,911-991 all-time series lead, with 14 ties, and lead 12-11 in postseason victories, and 27-9 in World Series titles. Before they meet in London, the rivals play at Yankee Stadium May 30-June 2.

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Ex-Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright to undergo Tommy John surgery

Ex-Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright to undergo Tommy John surgery

Steven Wright's Red Sox career came to an end on Friday, and it'll be a while before the knuckleballer makes his return to the mound.

Shortly after being released by Boston, Wright revealed to WEEI's Rob Bradford he will undergo Tommy John surgery on Tuesday to repair the torn UCL in his right elbow.

"I'm fully committed to rehab and making a comeback," Wright told Bradford. "I feel better than I have ever and want to get back to a position I haven't been in since 2016, which is healthy. My sole focus is to get healthy and stay focused."

Wright made only six appearances for the Red Sox in 2019 as he tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance in January and served an 80-game suspension. The 35-year-old also served a 15-game suspension in 2018 for violating the league's domestic violence policy.

Wright posted a 24-16 record with a 3.86 ERA in 81 total appearances during his tenure in Boston.

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Watch David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez reminisce on 2004 ALCS

Watch David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez reminisce on 2004 ALCS

Fifteen years ago, the Boston Red Sox pulled off the impossible vs. the New York Yankees in the 2004 American League Championship Series.

David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez took a trip down memory lane to relive the unforgettable moments in a nostalgia-filled video for FOX Sports. The two legends relive everything from A-Rod slapping the ball out of Bronson Arroyo's glove to Curt Schilling's bloody sock.

A-Rod shared the video and wrote about his painful memories from the series on Twitter. Watch and read below:

Credit to Rodriguez for being a good sport (imagine reading that sentence 15 years ago?...)

The Yankees could find themselves ousted from another ALCS on Friday night when they take on the Astros in a do-or-die Game 5. They would have to win three straight games, including two on the road, to advance to the World Series.

The last team to do that? You guessed it. The '04 Red Sox.

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