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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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Breakfast Podcast, June 24, 2019: Red Sox continue to disappoint at the halfway mark

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Breakfast Podcast, June 24, 2019: Red Sox continue to disappoint at the halfway mark

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1:28 - No they haven’t turned the corner we won’t argue that, but the Red Sox pulled off a walkout win vs. the White Sox last night despite committing a handful of mistakes. Lou Merloni and John Tomase break down the win and we hear from Alex Cora following the game.

5:20 - When Danny Ainge made the comment ‘good people make coming to work more fun’ after his new draft picks were introduced, was he throwing shade at Kyrie Irving? A. Sherrod Blakely, Michael Holley and Danielle Trotta debate.

9:45 - With the Sox playing game 81 tonight and at the halfway point of the regular season, Lou Merloni and John Tomase give some first-half superlatives, including MVP, biggest disappointment, best win and reason for optimism in the second half.

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WATCH: Marco Hernandez' infield hit helps Red Sox walk it off

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WATCH: Marco Hernandez' infield hit helps Red Sox walk it off

The Boston Red Sox had lost back-to-back games heading into their Monday night game against the Chicago White Sox. Marco Hernandez made sure that they didn't make it three straight.

Hernandez came up in the bottom of the ninth inning with the bases loaded and two outs. The White Sox had intentionally walked Jackie Bradley Jr. after a stolen base put runners on second and third, and Hernandez made them pay for that decision. Here's a look at his game-winning infield hit from the game.

While Tim Anderson's throw was on target, Hernandez still beat it by a step and the ball was dropped. Anderson may have had a play at third base, but it would have been a risky play to make. Either way, All the runners were safe and Hernandez was credited for the game-ending RBI.

Hernandez is hitting .241 with a homer and five RBIs in limited action this year. He hadn't played in the major leagues since May of 2017 after suffering a shoulder injury. He needed three separate surgeries to fix the problem and finally made his comeback earlier this year.

Needless to say, this was certainly a sweet moment for Hernandez.

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