Boston Red Sox defeat Oakland Athletics, 6-5

TOKYO -- The Oakland Athletics were the home team in name only during their two-game set here against the Red Sox.

The fans, both the locals and the imported variety, were so partial to the Sox that Oakland pitcher Joe Blanton, who started the season opener, took to calling this "Red Sox Land."

The Sox, though designated the visiting team, were given the more spacious home clubhouse and dugout, which was decided by coin flip but merely reinforced the notion that Boston ...

TOKYO - In a normal season, roster decisions are customarily resolved by Opening Day, teams paring down to 25 players by their first game.

But when, like the Red Sox, you play your first game earlier than any other team in big-league history, you are allowed to keep extra players around because you're in Japan, and one of your accidental tourists, rookie Brandon Moss, proves to be a difference-maker in a 6-5, 10-inning win over the Oakland Athletics, there may be some l...