TOKYO (AP) -Officials and players from the Boston Red Sox and Oakland Athletics were welcomed Tuesday at a reception at the U.S. Embassy before their season opener at Tokyo Dome.
Owners of both clubs presented Ambassador J. Thomas Schieffer with signed team jerseys with the No. 08 and the name ``Schieffer'' across the back.
``It'll fit over a Boston jersey,'' Athletics owner Lew Wolff said jokingly when he handed the jersey to Schieffer.
Red Sox owner and chairman Tom Werner then presented a Boston jersey and countered that he hoped Schieffer ``wears it over the Oakland jersey.''
Schieffer was part of President Bush's ownership group that bought the Texas Rangers in 1989. He served as team president from 1991-99.
Managers Terry Francona of Boston and Bob Geren of Oakland attended, along with general managers Theo Epstein of the Red Sox and Billy Beane of the Athletics.
Players who attended were Tim Wakefield, Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz from Boston and Huston Street, Alan Embree and Travis Buck from Oakland.

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