Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter responded to Boston Red Sox pitcher John Lackey's loud "no comment" on slugger Nelson Cruz after Saturday night's game, telling ESPN Radio that "everybody needs to make sure that their own backyard is clean." Cruz went 5-for-5 Saturday night in the second game of a doubleheader, helping the Orioles beat Lackey and the Red Sox to gain a split of the two games. Cruz had three of his hits off Lackey, including a home run, single and double. After the game, when asked to comment on Cruz's big game, Lackey made a not-so-veiled comment on the Orioles slugger's past suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. "I'm not going to comment on him," Lackey said. "I've got nothing to say about him. There are some things I'd like to say, but I'm not going to. You guys forget pretty conveniently about stuff." Cruz, who was suspended 50 games for violating MLB's drug agreement related to the Biogenesis investigation, signed a one-year deal worth $8 million with the Orioles last offseason. He is hitting .286 with 27 homers and 70 RBIs.
O's skipper responds to Lackey's talk
ESPN | Jul 7