Texas Rangers: PED
June, 4, 2013
By Todd Wills | ESPNDallas.com
BOSTON -- Nelson Cruz has had more memorable nights at Fenway Park than almost any player in the American League.
Cruz, who came in batting .417 at Fenway, had another one in Tuesday's 17-5 loss to the Boston Red Sox.
Cruz had his 14th home run in the top of the sixth -- a good thing. He went head-first over the short right-field fence on a home run by Mike Carp in the fifth inning, landing on his shoulder as he attempted to steal a home run -- a painful thing. He misplayed a fly ball down the right-field line in the bottom of the sixth for a three-base error -- a bad thing.
"It was a tough night," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "The home run was fantastic. I don't know what happened on the ball [down the line]. It wasn't our night."
Cruz was also named in an ESPN "Outside The Lines" report that broke during the game as one of about 20 players -- including Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun -- whom Major League Baseball will seek to suspend in connection with the Miami-area clinic at the heart of an ongoing performance-enhancing drug scandal.
If the suspensions are administered, the PED scandal would be the largest in American sports history.
Cruz was informed by Rangers media relations about the report after the game.
"I cannot say anything about it," Cruz said. "I guess it's part of the process. They are doing their jobs."
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said "no comment" in an email reply when asked about the ESPN report.