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Red Sox players take stand against MLB

Boston is leading a rebellion again. This time it's against Major League Baseball with Red Sox players and manager Terry Francona insisting that the lowest-paid members of the organization are being short-changed in the team's anticipated trip to Japan.

At issue is whether coaches will get the same $40,000 bonus that players get for the trip to Japan to play the Oakland Athletics. Curt Schilling and manager Terry Francona say that the original agreement called for the coaches to be paid the same as the players, according to a Boston Herald story. For some coaches, Francona said, the bonus would amount to 40 percent of their salary.

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At the last minute, it was discovered -- apparently through Oakland -- that coaches won't get the money. The Red Sox decided to do something about it at a players meeting earlier this morning. For starters, they're refusing to take the field for an exhibition game at noon today against Toronto in Florida unless the situation is resolved. Beyond that, they say they won't get on the plane for Japan.

Francona (right) was steamed. He said that he was on the phone all day yesterday and couldn't get anyone, presumably from MLB, to return his calls.

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Photo credit:  Associated Press

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