Orioles @ Red Sox Game 3

After splitting a doubleheader yesterday, the Orioles and Red Sox will play the series finale this afternoon. The O’s won Game 2, 7-4, after losing a walkoff in Game 1 and the big news last night was Nelson Cruz’s five-hit night which also saw him fall just short of the cycle.

The Red Sox were not keep on heaping praise on Cruz, however with Red Sox starter John Lackey saying: “”I’m not even going to comment on him. I’ve got nothing to say about him. There are some things that I would like to say, but I’m not going to. You guys [in the media] forget pretty conveniently about stuff.”

Lackey has made it clear before about his thoughts on players who have been suspended for PEDs and Boston’s manager John Farrell didn’t have a whole lot to add about Cruz, noting that he “looked strong.”

Cruz said today he was not aware of Lackey’s comments and has had no prior history with 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. Like I’ve said before, they are not going to be happy when I come in and do good. They want to see me strike out every time.”

Cruz, who was suspended 50 games last season for his role in the Biogenesis scandal, was asked if this was something he would have to deal with his whole career.

“Like I said, everybody is free to talk,” he said. “What I care [about] is what I’m doing here. You can’t go and confront everyday who talks, you know? My point is to go and play hard and try to get hits for the team.”

Orioles manager Buck Showalter suggested that Lackey looked “in his own backyard” first before commenting on Cruz, which refers to David Ortiz’s past. Ortiz was listed in a 2003 report that had more than 100 MLB players who had tested positive for a banned substance.

*In other news, the Orioles are expected to make a roster move shortly to officially add today’s starter Kevin Gausman. Gausman is not guaranteed to make another start thought, with the All-Star Break looming giving the O’s an opportunity to potentially option a starter and have them come back after the break given the 10-day rule. Bud Norris was deemed good to go after a 35-pitch sim game yesterday, and he will likely start Tuesday, which creates a bit of a logjam in the rotation again.

*Slumping Chris Davis, who is 1-for-10 against Red Sox starter Jake Peavy, is not in the lineup today, although he is expected back for Monday’s game.

Nick Markakis RF
Steve Pearce 1B
Adam Jones CF
Nelson Cruz DH
Delmon Young LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Manny Machado 3B
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Caleb Joseph C

Kevin Gausman RHP

Brock Holt RF
Daniel Nava LF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Stephen Drew SS
David Ross C
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Xander Bogaerts 3B

Jake Peavy RHP

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