Josh Beckett chased early against Indians

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It was tee time for the Indians against Josh Beckett earlier this evening.

Beckett, who recently missed a start with lat soreness after tying a career-high by throwing 126 pitches on April 29, was blasted for seven runs over just 2 1/3 innings. He allowed seven hits, including homers from Jack Hannahan and Jason Kipnis, while striking out two and walking two. The Indians plated three runs in the second and four in the third before he got the hook.

This was Beckett’s shortest outing since he gave up eight runs over 2 1/3 innings on August 17, 2008 against the Blue Jays. He previously gave up seven runs in his first start of the season against the Tigers on April 7.

Beckett now has a 5.97 ERA over his first six starts this season. Red Sox starters have a miserable 6.01 ERA as a whole, including a 7.24 ERA at Fenway Park. Pretty hard to win that way.

Anthony Rendon explains why he didn’t go to the White House

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Today the Angels introduced their newest big star, Anthony Rendon, who just signed a seven-year, $245 million contract to play in Orange County.

And it is Orange County, not Los Angeles, Rendon stressed at the press conference. When asked about the Dodgers, who had also been reported to be courting him, Rendon said he preferred the Angels because, “the Hollywood lifestyle . . . didn’t seem like it would be a fit for us as a family.”

What “the Hollywood Lifestyle” means in that context could mean a lot of things I suppose. It could be about the greater media scrutiny Dodgers players are under compared to Angels players. It could mean that he’d simply prefer to live in Newport Beach than, I dunno, wherever Dodgers players live. Pasadena? Pasadena is more convenient to Dodger Stadium than the beach. Who knows. They never did let Yasiel Puig get that helicopter he wanted, so traffic could’ve been a consideration.

But maybe it’s a subtle allusion to political/cultural stuff. Orange County has trended to the left in some recent elections but it is, historically speaking, a conservative stronghold in Southern California. And, based on something else he said in his press conference, Rendon seems to be pretty conscious of geographical/political matters:

A shoutout to the notion of Texas being Trump country and an askance glance at “the Hollywood Lifestyle” of Los Angeles all in the same press conference. That’s a lot of culture war ground covered in one press conference. So much so that I can’t decide if I should warn Rendon that both Texas and Orange County are trending leftward or if I should tell him to stick to sports.