By Joe Christensen
FORT MYERS — This spring, the battle for the Fort Myers Mayor’s Cup — the annual spring training series between the Twins and Boston Red Sox — is going to be fast and furious.
The Red Sox will play their final Grapefruit League game on March 19 and travel to Japan, where they’ll open the regular season March 25-26 against Oakland.
First, the Red Sox have five exhibition games to play against the Twins, and these teams will meet each of the next three days.
Can the defending World Series champions be stopped? The Red Sox warmed up yesterday by destroying Boston College 24-0 and Northeastern 15-0.
Tonight, the Twins will face Dice-K Matsuzaka (first pitch 6:05 p.m., Central), followed by Jon Lester (a potential acquisition from the Johan Santana trade talks) on Saturday and Tim Wakefield on Sunday.