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(NECN: Boston, Mass.) - The Boston Red Sox dug in their cleats today in a pay dispute tied to the team's upcoming games in Japan. The players, in effect, went to bat for coaches and staff members. An agreement with Major League Baseball ended what had the makings of a nasty confrontation. Manager Terry Francona and his players were upset after learning staff members were not going to get a $40,000 stipend the players are being paid. A person familiar with the agreement says Major League Baseball has agreed to pay the managers, coaches and trainers on the trip $20,000 each from management's proceeds. The Red Sox will make up the difference to make the amount equal. The club will also pay some of the other team personnel making the trip. The Sox played their final exhibition game and will board the plane for that 17-hour flight to Japan. NECN's Brad Puffer is at Fenway Park in Boston with fan reaction to the dispute.