Detroit Tigers slugger Prince Fielder blasted a number of shots into the right-field fountain at Kaffman Stadium in Kansas City, beating out Toronto’s Jose Bautista 12-7 in the finals of Monday night’s Home Run Derby (more)
The Kansas City Royals are expected to host the 2012 MLB All-Star game at Kauffman Stadium. The official announcement will come as early as next month’s winter meetings according to MLB sources. The Boston Red Sox were campaigning to have the events at Fenway as part of the Parks 100th anniversary celebration.
Rob Neyer from ESPN.com weighed in with his opinions, saying “In 2012 it will have been only 13 years since the last time the Red Sox hosted the All-Star Game, while it will have been nearly 40 years for Kansas City…Red Sox fans might argue that Kansas City doesn’t “deserve” an All-Star Game, that the All-Star Game should by hosted by cities full of passionate fans. I’ve got some sympathy for that opinion.”
Kauffman Stadium played host to its only other All-Star Game in 1973 when it was still referred to as Royals Stadium. Even though the Sox didn’t get the bid for 2012, there are still plenty of events to look forward to at Fenway. Don’t miss the Bruins Flyers Winter Classic showdown New Years Day, followed by the Legends Game the very next day. On January 8th Hockey East collegiate programs will get to face off on the Fenway ice. 2010 Boston Red Sox spring training and regular season tickets are available now!
Tonight the Royals host the Sox for the rubber game of their three game series. Tim Wakefield 6-8, 3.77 ERA) gets the start against Luke Hochevar (6-9, 5.42 ERA). Wakefield continues to get the short end of the stick lately; in 6 of the games this season in which he left with the lead he has ended up with a loss or a no decision. Wakefield is 6-4 with a 3.45 ERA in his career at Kauffman Stadium. Hochevar was has struggled this season and suffered a loss in his last start against the White Sox.
First pitch is at 8:10PM on NESN and WRKO 680 AM.
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