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The Reuters global sports blog

Time to consider warm weather territory for future World Series?


BASEBALL/Last weekend’s wintry conditions in the Bronx made ear flaps and balaclavas essential gear for some players and contributed to a reel of American League Championship Series fielding bloopers worthy of the old Keystone Kops.

Temperatures dipped into the low 40s and winds whipped a cold rain through Yankee Stadium, only a few degrees short of bringing a flurry of snowflakes.

The Yanks won the first two games of the best-of-seven series against the rattled Angels of Los Angeles, who were thrilled to return to their warm, sunny home for the next set of games in their showdown for a World Series berth.

The World Series is already scheduled to run into November, and with New York and the Philadelphia Phillies of the chilly U.S. Northeast closing in on berths in the Fall Classic, snow-outs could be in the offing at the championship of “The Summer Game.”

Same old Red Sox-Yankees rivalry in new stadium


The last 773 games in the Bronx between the Yankees and bitter foes the Boston Red Sox had been played across 161st Street in a building that came to be known as “The House That Ruth Built”.

The latest instalment of U.S. sport’s best rivalry was played out Monday in the new $1.6 billion Yankee Stadium (“The House That George (Steinbrenner) Built”) and it is comforting to say that some things hardly change.