We’re going to skip the intro today so you can get to your weekend even faster. You are welcome.
Jalen Beeks made his MLB debut last night and it did not go according to plan. He was hit up for six runs on seven hits in four innings. However, there’s no reason to give up hope, just ask Hector Velazquez, who had a rough MLB debut of his own. (Christopher Smith; MassLive)
Making matters worse, J.D. Martinez was taken out of yesterday’s game, but he says its not a big deal. (Chris Cotillo; MassLive)
Andrew Benintendi is having a moment. (Peter Abraham; Boston Globe)
Here’s a pretty concise rundown of the MLB Draft for each American League team. (Eric Longenhagen and Kiley McDaniel: FanGraphs)
Speaking of the draft, Mitch Moreland might have answered a question in a way that scouts disliked during his draft process, but it doesn’t matter now. (Chad Jennings; The Athletic) ($$)
Mookie Betts is the lone Red Sox on Grant Brisbee’s AL All Star ballot. (Grant Brisbee; SB Nation)
Peter Gammons is a legend in the world of baseball coverage. He revisits his storied career. (Peter Gammons; The Athletic) ($$)