Red Sox Smooth Things Over With MLB

Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia reacts with first base coach Luis Alicia, left, after hitting a home run during the first inning in Game 1 of the baseball World Series against the Colorado Rockies Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007, at Fenway Park in Boston. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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The Boston Red Sox finally boarded a plane to Japan yesterday after threatening to stay home.

The Bosox voted to boycott yesterday's scheduled game against Toronto, and their ensuing flight to Tokyo because coaches and trainers were going to receive $20,000 for the trip, about half the payments negotiated for players by their union. But the Red Sox agreed to make up the difference, and the exhibition game began an hour late.

Due to the pay boost, the Bosox and Oakland Athletics will open the major league season in Tokyo next week as scheduled.

A's reliever and players rep Huston Street says his team also discussed a boycott of their exhibition game yesterday. Street says his teammates would be willing to lower what they receive to provide for coaches.

Baseball spokesman Rich Levin says everyone connected with the trip to Japan will be fairly compensated.

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