La Velle E. Neal III has covered baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, he grew up following the White Sox and hating the Cubs. He attended both the University of Illinois and Illinois-Chicago and began his baseball writing career at the Kansas City Star. He can be heard occasionally on KFAN radio, lending his great baseball mind to Paul Allen and other hosts. Mark Rosen borrows him occasionally for WCCO-TV.

Twins-Red Sox: The Mayor's Cup is at stake

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: March 26, 2011 - 3:32 PM

The Twins can start getting used to that winning feeling today.

The Twins and Sawx play for the Mayor's Cup every year down here. The Twins have won 10 Mayor's Cups to Boston's 8, but the Red Sox are on a four-year winning streak. The teams are tied 2-2 this spring training, so there's a lot on the line here.

Yes, there is a trophy.

Perhaps that's why the Twins have brought it's best lineup - and the Red Sox are starting Daisuke Matsuzaka.

Just kidding. It's late in spring, and teams are fielding their A-lineups more often.

Players not on the game roster worked out this morning at Hammond Stadium and are long gone. Scott Diamond, who has been slowed by a cut on his thumb, pitched three innings in a minor league spring training game and said it went very well.

Jeff Manship, Dusty Hughes and Jim Hoey are scheduled to pitch tonight as the bullpen battle nears a close. 

Twins

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Nishi, 2B
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Justin Morneau, DH
5. Delmon Young, LF
6. Jason Kubel, RF
7. Michael Cuddyer, 1B
8. Danny Valencia, 3B
9. Alexi Casilla, SS

Pitching: Brian Duensing, LHP

Red Sox

1. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
2. Carl Crawford, LF
3. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
4. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
5. David Ortiz, DH
6. Mike Cameron. RF
7. Salty, C
8. Jed Lowrie,S
9. Darnell McDonald, CF

Pitching: Dice-K, with Dan Wheeler, Bobby Jenks and Hideki Okajima on the list to pitch too.

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