NEW YORK (AP) - The Boston Red Sox and Oakland Athletics are lined up to meet in a Tokyo Dome opener next season.
Major League Baseball gave the players' union a draft 2008 schedule on Monday, and the Red Sox would open the United States portion of their schedule at Oakland, according to Gene Orza, the union's chief operating officer.
Baseball officials have spent several months formulating a plan in which the Red Sox - with Japanese stars Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Okajima - would start the season in Japan against an AL West opponent, then return to the United States for a series at that same AL West team.
Orza said that while Boston and Oakland are leading candidates, it's not a done deal yet.
``Nothing is fixed. Nothing is certain. Obviously, that's one of the things we're looking at,'' he said.
The selection of the A's as Boston's likely opponent was first reported Sunday by the San Francisco Chronicle.
The New York Mets and Chicago Cubs opened the 2000 season with a two-game series in Tokyo, and the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Devil Rays started the 2004 season with two games in Japan. A scheduled 2003 series between Oakland and Seattle at the Tokyo Dome was scrapped because of the threat of war in Iraq.
While the discussions for a Japan opener progressed, the players' association postponed the deadline for the draft schedule, which originally was June 30.
Baseball officials remain hopeful of playing exhibition games in Beijing next March at the complex constructed for the 2008 Olympics.
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