A First In The Yankees-Red Sox Rivalry: Artificial Turf

They'll Play On Fake Grass Next Month In London

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May 21, 2019 - 10:20 am

Apr 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; Boston Red Sox left fielder J.D. Martinez (28) celebrates a solo home run in front of New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine (28) during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

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NEW YORK (AP) - The traditional rivalry between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will take a radical twist when they meet in London next month: They will play on artificial turf for the first time in more than 2,200 games over a century.
 
Major League Baseball has access to Olympic Stadium for 21 days before the games on June 29 and 30, the sport's first regular-season contests in Europe, and just five days after to clear out.

The league concluded there was not enough time to install real grass.
 
Starting June 6, gravel will be placed over the covering protecting West Ham's grass soccer pitch and the running track that is a legacy from the 2012 Olympics. The artificial turf baseball field, similar to modern surfaces used by a few big league clubs, will be installed atop that.
 
New York pitcher CC Sabathia says because it is the first Yankees-Red Sox game out of the country, why not a lot of firsts?

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