Red Sox games at Fenway Park could start earlier next year

BOSTON — Boston Red Sox games at Fenway Park could start earlier next season, the club announced Thursday.

Team executives have discussed moving up the start time for weeknight home games from the typical first pitch time of 7:10 p.m., Red Sox President and Chief Executive Officer Sam Kennedy said during a news conference.

“We’re looking at start times with the context of what’s best for our fans, what’s best for the baseball operation,” Kennedy said. “We’re looking at some different start times next year.”

Season ticket prices will go up 1.5% to 2%, Kennedy added.

The Red Sox also plan to keep their games within the NESN system instead of streaming some on outside providers, such as Amazon Prime Video.

“We’ve got to be where our fans are. And like it or not, our fans are right here,” Kennedy said, waving his phone in the air. “So we’re going to continue to explore new and different avenues to get Red Sox baseball to our fans.”

Manager Alex Cora noted that his coaching staff will be back next year.

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