Bulls aim for another IL title
The battle for the International League championship comes down to two franchises familiar with the prize — the Governor’s Cup.
The Pawtucket Red Sox, the 2012 league champions, face the Durham Bulls, who are aiming for their fourth Governor’s Cup win in the past 12 seasons, in a best-of-five series that begins today at Durham Bulls Athletic Park (7:05 p.m., Time Warner Cable 151, Me-TV 50.2).
The DBAP will house the first two games of the series, with game 2 set for a 7:05 p.m. start on Wednesday.
Pawtucket, the IL’s North Division champion, will host the rest of the series at McCoy Stadium. Game 3 is Friday at 7:05 p.m. and, if necessary, game 4 is Saturday at 6:05 p.m. with the possible game 5 scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Bulls, who won the South Division for the sixth time in the past seven years, are playing in the Governor’s Cup series for the eighth time since joining the Triple-A International League in 1998. Durham claimed league championships in 2002, 2003 and in 2009 when the Bulls went on to claim the Triple-A National Championship.
The Governor’s Cup champion advances to the Triple-A National Championship game against the Pacific Coast League champion. This year’s one-game showdown is Sept. 17 at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pa., the home of the IL’s Lehigh Valley IronPigs.