Saturday, March 01, 2008
SOX TAKE OPENING ROUND OF MAYOR'S CUP
Every year, the Red Sox and Twins play each other five or six times in Spring Training. They're both stationed in Fort Myers, so scheduling each other so often is very convenient.
But the two teams also play for hardware. The Lee County Mayor's Cup is rewarded to the team with the best record in the spring series.
This trophy is so prestigious, that it is kept secret from most. Sean Casey didn't even know it existed until asked about it the other day. Most Sox fans don't know what it is. And only 0.01% of people knows what it looks like (basically a $10 trophy that a junior high would customize for the top scorer in intramural floor hockey).
The Red Sox won it in 2007, and took a major step to holding onto it by beating Minnesota 8-3.
Daisuke Matsuzaka took the mound for the Sox, going 2 scoreless innings. He allowed 2 hits, but a pair of double play balls kept him out of trouble.
Hideki Okajima and Mike Timlin each pitched hitless innings. Julian Tavarez allowed a solo homerun in 2 innings of work.
Julio Lugo went 0 for 3. Coco Crisp went 2 for 2 and stole 2 bases. Youkilis and Varitek hit back-to-back homers in the 4th. Backup backup catcher George Kotteras had the most explosive night going 2 for 2 with a double and a 3 run homer. He's 4 for 5 in two games, with 3 doubles and a homer.
AP Photo/Steven Senne