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Red Sox vs. Twins lineup: The Mayor’s Cup battle begins anew

It’s a Fort Myers free-for-all when the Red Sox face the Twins

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Goodbye, college kids. Hello, pros. The Red Sox, fresh off Thursday victories versus Northeastern and Boston College, kick off the rest of Spring Training today with a 1:05 p.m. radio-only game against the Twins at JetBlue Park in the first game of the annual “Mayor’s Cup” series with our Fort Myers “friends.” Gotta get that hardware.

Still, like yesterday, I wouldn’t expect your favorite players to stick around too long in this one. You’ll get to hear Mookie, Xander and Hanley hit at least once, which is fun. Hector Velázquez gets the start, which is less fun, but we’re starting slow, and he has real swingman potential, so he’s more than just a punchline. Also here’s a reminder that this is your gamethread. Namaste.

  1. Mookie Betts, RF
  2. Xander Bogaerts, SS
  3. Hanley Ramirez, 1B
  4. Christian Vázquez, C
  5. Blake Swihart, DH
  6. Jeremy Barfield, LF
  7. Rusney Castillo, CF
  8. Ivan De Jesus, 2B
  9. Chad De La Guerra, 3B

SP: Hector Velázquez