Pearson Cup again up for grabs

The Toronto Blue Jays and Montreal Expos will again battle for the Pearson Cup.

On Monday, the Expos announced that the trophy will be awarded to the winner of this year's six-game interleague series between the two teams.

If the teams split the series, the Cup will be shared. The first of those six games takes place on Friday when the Jays visit Olympic Stadium. The Expos will play a three-game series at the SkyDome from June 27 to 29.

It will be the first time the Pearson Cup is awarded based on the results of regular season games.

The trophy, established in 1978 as a fund-raiser for amateur baseball in Canada, was awarded to the winner of a mid-season exhibition game between the Jays and Expos.

Competition for the trophy stopped in 1986.

Each team has won the trophy three times. There were ties in 1979 and 1985 and there was no game in 1981 because of a players strike.