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It's odd that the Red Sox would give up a two home games - especially matchups against the Yankees - but having one of the league's marquee rivalries should help fill the 55,000 seats at Olympic Stadium in London.

The matches will be held on 29 and 30 June and will be the first Major League Baseball (MLB) games to be staged in Europe.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan launched the London Series alongside Red Sox owner John W Henry - who also owns Liverpool - and Yankees chief Hal Steinbrenner in London today.

The big announcement comes as the two teams begin a three game series at Yankee Stadium tonight. These are the two best baseball teams in the world and arguably the two best sporting teams in the world.

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

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"This is a major coup demonstrating, once again, that London is the sporting capital of the world and I am excited about a new partnership with MLB and the long-term future of this sport in our great city", he said.

Major League Baseball is heading to London. Major League Baseball has gone to that well too many times.

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Both the Red Sox and Yankees have played games on worldwide soil in recent years, visiting the Tokyo Dome for season openers.

That the Sox and Yankees were chosen is a testament to their rivalry's resurgence.

Major League Baseball is following American football and basketball in crossing the Atlantic.

The United Kingdom will follow other global venues that have hosted regular season Major League games, joining Mexico, Japan, Puerto Rico and Australia.

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