The highly-anticipated Mayor's Cup is upon us, as the Red Sox send Josh Beckett to the hill against the Twins Thursday night in Fort Myers.
Boston's lineup looks similar to what many are assuming the opening day nine to look like with exception of Victor Martinez, Mike Cameron and J.D. Drew, who are all taking the night off.
Here is Terry Francona's lineup card for the team's first official spring training contest:
1. Jacoby Ellsbury, LF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
5. Adrian Beltre, 3B
6. Marco Scutaro, SS
7. Jeremy Hermida, RF
8. Josh Reddick, CF
9. Dusty Brown, C
Pitching: Josh Beckett followed by Jonathan Papelbon, Hideki Okajima, Daniel Bard, Ramon Ramirez, Brian Shouse, Scott Atchison and Joe Nelson.
The Red Sox will be facing Minnesota pitchers Nick Blackburn followed by Kevin Slowey, Pat Neshek, Mike Maroth, Deolis Guerra, Jose Lugo and Kyle Waldrop.