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Athletics in Japan: Opening Series 2012

Spring Training camp in Phoenix is complete and the team and travel party depart for Tokyo, Japan to open the Major League Baseball season. After a 12 hour flight, the A’s arrived in Tokyo. The travel began Thursday morning in Phoenix and ended Friday evening in Tokyo.

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A’s players and staff enjoy breakfast at Phoenix Municipal Stadium before departure to the airport.

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A’s players and staff await TSA check-in at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.

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Passport – check. Boarding pass – check.

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Kurt Suzuki and Jordan Norberto are all smiles as they board the aircraft.

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A’s players and families board the flight to Japan.

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Comcast SportsNet is on the scene.

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The large 747 aircraft boarded almost 200 people.

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Goodbye United States. Next stop Japan.

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Players settle in for take off.

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Ray Fosse is ready for departure.

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More than 10 hours into the flight, we begin to prepare for arrival. The A’s left…

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