Union jacked -- Yanks, Red Sox total 12 runs in 1st

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The game is the first of two between the Yankees and Red Sox in London, the first Major League Baseball games to be played in Europe. The left field and right field foul poles are just 330 feet from home plate.

The Yankees and Red Sox are playing games on Saturday and Sunday - the first MLB fixtures ever staged in Europe - as part of the league's attempt to grow the sport's global brand. Aaron Hicks hit a two-run homer to spell the end of Porcello's day before Colten Brewer came in to relieve him and finish the half of the inning.

They now lead the Red Sox 8-6 in the fourth. It wasn't quite enough to take the lead, however, and with another two-run shot from Brett Gardner - this one off of a Steven Wright curveball - the Yankees managed to reclaim their advantage in the third inning. By comparison, the teams played an entire game in 2 hours, 23 minutes on April 16 at Yankee Stadium - the fastest game this season between the rivals, who are notorious for having played six-hour games in the past.

The royal couple attended the first of a two-game series, which is being held to promote American baseball in the UK.

They chatted with pitchers CC Sabathia of the Yankees and Chris Sale of the Red Sox during the ceremony. Meghan also gave a hug to a Red Sox player while Prince Harry laughed and smiled at her side.

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