Red Sox set for Mayor's Cup action

February, 27, 2011
2/27/11
4:08
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox begin their quest for the Mayor’s Cup tonight when they travel across town to face the Minnesota Twins at Hammond Stadium.

The Lee County neighbors will play a total of five games this spring. The trophy was on a table in the Red Sox clubhouse today.

“There’s a lot of anxiety,” Red Sox manager Terry Francona said with a smile. “It’s like facing the Yankees on Opening Day, it’s too much too soon.”

The Red Sox have won the last four Mayor's Cup titles.

“It’s hard not to be arrogant,” Francona said.

*Red Sox reliever Dennys Reyes tossed a 32-pitch side session this morning. Francona said he did not watch, but pitching coach Curt Yong was ecstatic. Reyes, who arrived in camp on Saturday after having visa issues, will throw live BP on Tuesday.

“Curt said he was really pleased how game ready he looks,” Francona said. “He was doing something [in Mexico] because Curt was really pleased. He has no qualms about letting him face hitters on Tuesday.”

*Outfielder Carl Crawford rejoined the team after missing Saturday because of a personal issue back home in Houston. He will make his Red Sox spring training debut against the Twins Monday afternoon at City of Palms Park.

*Outfielder J.D. Drew also will play his first game of the spring Monday afternoon.

*Victor Jose, the 6-year-old son of former Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez, was a frequent visitor around the Boston clubhouse last season. Victor Jose and Francona had a close relationship and Francona said he recently received a voicemail from Martinez’s son: “Call me. I miss you.”

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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