Red Sox move up game start to avoid Stanley Cup conflict

Red Sox move up game start to avoid Stanley Cup conflict

Boston Red Sox Mookie Betts, left, hits a two RBI single off Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Danny Duffy during the third inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, June 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox will move up the start of Wednesday's game against the Texas Rangers by more than three hours to 4:05 p.m. to minimize the conflict with Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.

The team said it was a courtesy for fans who also wanted to watch the Bruins will play the St. Louis Blues in the deciding game of the NHL championship series at 8:10 p.m.

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The Texas-Boston game was supposed to begin at 7:10 p.m. The Red Sox also moved up their May 29 game by an hour to minimize the conflict with Game 2 of the Cup final.