from an article in the Sun by Edward Encina
A day after Boston Red Sox right-hander John Lackey made pointed remarks about Orioles slugger Nelson Cruz, Orioles manager Buck Showalter tactically fired back at the Red Sox before Sunday’s series finale at Fenway Park.
Asked about Cruz on Saturday, Lackey said: “I’ve got nothing to say about him. … You guys forget pretty conveniently about stuff,” referring to Cruz serving a 50-game suspension last season for his involvement in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drugs scandal while playing for the Texas Rangers.
Cruz said before Sunday’s game that he didn’t know about Lackey’s comments, but he said he has become used to being criticized for last year’s mistake. He accepted his suspension and quickly made a public apology.
Red Sox pitcher John Lackey on Orioles star Nelson Cruz: ‘I’ve got nothing to say about him’“What I care is about my teammates, what they think about me,” Cruz said. “When you go to ballparks and beat other teams, they are not going to be happy, regardless of what you do. What I care about is what my teammates think about me and what my fans think about me.”
Showalter, however, didn’t take the high road.
“You consider sources of people and some of their emotions after the game, whether it be a player’s comment or a manager’s comment or some fan’s comment,” Showalter said. “You understand that nobody makes those comments after they pitched a complete game shutout or Nelson is 0-for-5. It’s human nature.
“We need to all make sure we check our own backyard before we start looking at someone else’s.”
Showalter was undoubtedly referring to Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, who was listed among 100 players — along with former Red Sox teammate Manny Ramirez — who reportedly tested positive for PEDs in 2003, according to a New York Times article in 2009.
3 great innings from Brad Broch who gets the win
As expected Chris Davis was “given the day off”
JJ Hardy drove in David Lough for the winning hit
Zach Britton—1,2,3 save—-helped out by base running error from Big Poppy
4 game series with the Senators begins Monday
It pains me to say this but it is time for Chris Davis to sit out a few games. His average has dropped to 201, but more important he has struck out 41 of his last 90 at bats, many with men in scoring position. He just looks lost during his at bats.
From what I could see, Crush came within inches of a serious elbow injury last night. There must be a price to pay when Davis is thrown at. If not expect inside knee low and head high pitches all season and see what kind of year Davis will have.
He’s back. Lookout .
Tommy Hunter’s days as a closer are numbered.
Nelson Cruz hits #12 to provide all of the Oriole runs
Almost every fan in the stadium knew the O’s were doomed as Cabrera came to the plate in the 9th. Tommy hunter hung a curve and Cabrera slammed a HR into the teeth of a 20mph wind.
What could have happened:
Darrin O”Day should have started the 9th as he was unhittable in the 8th. What rule says Hunter has to come in?
How in the world can you Hunter pitch to Cabrera? It’s not a fair match. This is on Buck ont Hunter. I would never have pitched to him.
In the past week, Hunter has been horrible. How can he still be the closer?
Highlights of the night:
An old fashioned double header–2 for the price of one
Markakis hit 2 HRs –1 in each game
Steve Pearce goes 4-8 in his return to the O’s
Manny returns to the team–goes 0-5
In the nightcap, Tillman threw 49 pitches in the first inning leading to his early exit
Tommy Hunter got a save in the 1st game and was the winner in game 2
Schoop is looking better and better every game-. HR tonight
Good effort by Bud Norris to get his first win
Can’t we get an easy win?
Tommy Hunter gave up 3 line drive singles before inducing a double play ball to end the game and record the save.