FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -The Boston Red Sox have threatened to boycott their season-opening games in Japan unless their coaches and other staff are paid for making the trip.
Mike Lowell has told The Boston Globe the team voted unanimously not to play their final spring training game or to board the plane to Japan later Wednesday.
Manager Terry Francona and his players were upset after learning coaches and other staff are not going to get a $40,000 stipend that the players are receiving. Francona had told his coaches they would be paid.
The Red Sox clubhouse was closed to reporters because of the dispute and the team had not taken the field for batting practice before its last scheduled spring training game in Florida against Toronto.
Pitcher Curt Schilling told The Associated Press he was not sure if the game would be played, but refused to comment on the team meeting or the vote to boycott the trip.
The World Series champions are scheduled to begin their season against Oakland with two games in Japan.

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