Kansas City will host the 2012 All-Star Game

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Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig announced Wednesday evening what many in the baseball world have known for months, if not years. 

As Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports, the Royals’ Kauffman Stadium will host the All-Star Game in 2012.

It has been 39 years since the Mid-Season Classic was last held in Kansas City and the region is expecting nearly $60-$65 million in overall financial impact.  St. Louis had the 2009 game and saw a $60 million impact.  Anaheim is hosting this year’s All-Star Game and the event will travel to Phoenix in 2011. 

With some of the country’s best food and a criminally underrated stadium, Kansas City should have a blast hosting baseball’s elite athletes, as well as the throngs of media members that follow the game.  Hopefully the Royals will send someone other than Zack Greinke to represent what truly is one of the United States’ great towns.

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.