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BALTIMORE — Every pitcher has a nemesis, and Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz is one of Jon Lester’s biggest.
That situation reared its ugly head in Monday’s 2-1 Red Sox loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Opening Day at jam-packed Camden Yards when Cruz pounded a first-pitch fastball into the left field bleachers in the seventh inning for what turned out to be the winning run.
Lester and catcher A.J. Pierzynski both said the pitch to Cruz wasn’t really a mistake, but actually a decent offering that Cruz did a good piece of hitting on.
Of course Cruz, now 11 for 24 with three homers in his career vs. Lester, often seems to get the bat on any type of Lester pitch.