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The Boston Red Sox rang in the new baseball season by beating the Oakland A’s in Japan last night/this morning, 6-5. The winning run was driven in by Manny… who was being Manny, I suppose. The two teams finish off their double-header tonight/tomorrow morning before returning back home.

Unfortunately for the A’s, the Japanese crowds (and media) don’t seem to care too much about them being there; instead most of the focus is on the Red Sox. I guess that’s what having two Japanese pitchers on your staff can do for your popularity.

The official Opening Day for the rest of the League is March 31st, just in time to take the torch from college basketball.