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Fenway Park to host Minor League doubleheader Aug. 26, 2006
12/15/2005 1:28 PM ET
BOSTON -- Fenway Park will host a regular season minor league doubleheader on Saturday, August 26, 2006.

The "Futures at Fenway" twinbill gets underway at 2 p.m., when the Lowell Spinners, the Red Sox' short-season Single-A affiliate, take on the Oneonta Tigers in a regular season New York-Penn League contest. After a brief intermission, which will include player-fan interaction, the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox will battle the Rochester Red Wings in a regular season International League game.

Family-friendly ticket prices for "Futures at Fenway" and other details regarding this festive celebration of baseball will be announced shortly.

"We are very excited about this first-of-its-kind doubleheader, which will combine the unique charm of Minor League Baseball with the spectacular backdrop of Fenway Park," said Red Sox President/CEO Larry Lucchino.

"Mayor Menino first approached us with this unique idea. The Mayor thought this would be a wonderful event for the city, for Red Sox Nation, and for families, given the lower ticket prices. For many of our minor leaguers, this will be their first chance to play at Fenway, and it will be the first opportunity for many of our fans to see some of these Red Sox stars of the future."

"With Red Sox tickets so tough to come by, these games will open the doors of Fenway Park to many fans from across the city and throughout New England," said Mayor Thomas M. Menino. "It's a wonderful opportunity to showcase the City of Boston and 'America's Most Beloved Ballpark' to thousands of fans who might not ordinarily have a chance to see a game at Fenway Park."

Although records are incomplete, the last known minor league game played at Fenway Park was the 1977 Eastern League All-Star Game. The last known regular season minor league game played at Fenway was a 1968 Eastern League contest between Pittsfield (Red Sox) and Pawtucket (Indians).

"The Pawtucket Red Sox are honored to have this opportunity for our club to play at Fenway Park," said PawSox President Mike Tamburro. "We invite all of our fans to join us on this historic occasion, and we thank our Major League partner, the Boston Red Sox, for allowing us and our players to be a part of this unique and memorable event."

"I'm excited not only for our players but also for Spinners Nation," said Lowell General Manager Tim Bawmann. "The chance to experience the majesty of Fenway while taking in a Spinners game will be priceless".

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