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Game –35 (Grapefruit 1): Red Sox at Minnesota, 7.05 pm

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So, the vaunted "Mayor's Cup" between the Sox and Twins gets underway this evening with the Sox's first Spring Training game of the year. The "Mayor's Cup" is a best-of-five series; however, with the first three games of Spring training all coming against the Twins, we might have a winner soon. As for the "prize," the Cup isn't all that spectacular; however, the bragging rights are noteworthy, as the Sox have won four years running.

Lineups under the break.

For the Red Sox:

McDonald LF; Lowrie 2B; Ortiz DH; Youkilis 3B; Cameron CF; Saltalamacchia C; Kalish RF; Anderson 1B; Iglesias SS

SP: Josh Beckett

Scheduled RPs: Clay Buchholz, Brandon Duckworth, Hideki Okajima, Scott Atchison, Dan Wheeler

For the Twins:

A bunch of guys

SP: Carl Pavano (!?!)

RPs: Another bunch of guys

And, finally, in the running tally of vitally important statistics for the offseason:

Number of Laser Show appearances: 1 (sort of, kinda; he was there, but blink and you missed him)

Number of positions played by Jed Lowrie: 2 (I'd be tempted to put an over/under on 4.5)

Amount of payroll expected to be in starting lineup not playing today: Approximately $340 million