Billy Butler made me cry this morning

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Gettin’ a little misty in Chez Shyster. A tweet from the Royals’ Billy Butler a few minutes ago:

Didn’t get the win
in the end but I’m glad my Grandpa Butler got to watch me one last
time on TV. RIP grandpa. I i love ya & will miss ya.

Grandpa Butler left the Earth after seeing his grandson hit a two-out two-run single off one of the best pitchers in baseball in front of a packed house.

Nathan Eovaldi likely to be activated this weekend

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Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi is likely to be activated from the 10-day injured list this weekend and will join the bullpen, per Justin Leger of NBC Sports Boston.

Eovaldi, 29, had a superb postseason showing with the Red Sox last year, including a six-inning relief appearance in Game 3 of the World Series. That propelled him to ink a four-year, $68 million contract with the Red Sox in December.

Eovaldi underwent athroscopic surgery in April to remove loose bodies in his elbow and has been out ever since. He had allowed 14 earned runs on 21 hits and 11 walks with 16 strikeouts in 21 innings prior to going on the IL.

The Red Sox bullpen has been middling at best this season, owning a composite 4.55 ERA. Six different relievers have accrued saves, none more than Ryan Brasier‘s seven and he was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket earlier this week. It’s quite possible Eovaldi finds himself closing out games down the stretch.