TORONTO — In his first game in the majors, in 2002, John Lackey gave up a home run to Alex Rodriguez. Years later, Rodriguez admitted that he used performance-enhancing drugs during that season.
Now Lackey will likely face Rodriguez on Saturday. Once again, Rodriguez’s drug use is an issue.
Rodriguez was suspended for 211 games on Aug. 5. Major League Baseball said at the time it had evidence Rodriguez used numerous forms of PEDs over multiple years.
Rodriguez has yet to deny baseball’s findings but appealed his punishment and is hitting .278 with one home run and four RBIs. The Yankees are 5-4 in the games Rodriguez has started.
“I’ve got a problem with it. You bet I do,” Lackey said on Thursday. “How is he still playing?” Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.