Oakland Athletics defeat Boston Red Sox, 5-1

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 Tuesday's 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 Bo...