BOSTON - Nelson Cruz went off Saturday night, but John Lackey doesn't want to hear - or talk - about it.
Cruz went 5-for-5, including a solo home run, two doubles, and two singles in the Orioles' 7-4 win over the Sox. He finished with two RBI.
Lackey, who was on the receiving end of some of those hits tonight, was asked about Cruz's performance, and the Sox pitcher was in no mood.
"I'm not even going to comment on him," Lackey said. "I've got nothing to say about him. There's things I would like to say but I'm not going to . . . You guys forget pretty conveniently about stuff."
Lackey is referencing the fact that Cruz was suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball last season as a result of the league's Biogenesis investigation. Cruz was one of 13 players suspended by MLB in the findings that he did take a banned performance-enhancing substance.
Lackey has never been one to hide his feelings, and he has been outspoken against players affiliated with PEDs in the past.
Last year, he said he didn't feel that Alex Rodriguez should be allowed to play baseball while he appealed his 211-game suspension for the same findings that Cruz was suspended for.
Red Sox manager John Farrell didn't have a whole lot to say about Cruz either after the game.
"He's swinging a hot bat. Looks strong," Farrell said.
On the season, Cruz is hitting .286/353/.581 with 27 home runs, 70 RBI, and 51 runs. But it sure sounds like the asterisk will continue to hover around those numbers - at least in one pitcher's eyes.