Red Sox call off Japan no-show

Major League Baseball is giving the players a $40,000 appearance fee to make the trip, but Red Sox players learned that their support staff would not be similarly paid and threatened a no-show for the Tokyo game. It is understood that that the management staff will now receive the same sum as the players for the games, which will be nationally televised on ESPN.

In addition to playing two regular-season games on March 25 and 26 in the Tokyo Dome, the Red Sox will also play a pair of exhibition games against Japanese teams this coming weekend.

The Red Sox will then return to the United States and play a few exhibition games on the west coast next weekend before resuming their regular-season schedule on April 1 in Oakland.

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