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It's Official: A's Open Season in Japan

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[EDITOR'S NOTE: Yes, the A's are opening the season in Japan. As the home team. So unless many East Bay people want to spend a lot of money to travel to Japan, we'll be missing the A's "home opener". I still don't get why it's a home game for the A's and not for the Red Sox since I'm pretty sure that the crowd will be strongly partisan for the team that actually HAS Japanese stars playing for it. Ugh. - Blez]

The A's and Red Sox will start the 2008 season in Japan.

The five days of festivities include regular-season games between the two clubs on March 25 and 26, exhibition day-night doubleheaders against Nippon Professional Baseball teams on March 22 and 23, and an off-day workout sandwiched in between on March 24.

"The Oakland A's are very excited and honored to be opening the 2008 season in Japan," Michael Crowley, the team's president, said. "Baseball is truly a game without borders and we are pleased to have the opportunity to be a part of the game's growth on the international level."

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