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12 A.J. Pierzynski C
Height/Weight: 6-3/235 | Birthdate: 12/30/1976 | Birthplace: Bridgehampton, NY | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: St. Louis | College: No College | MLB Experience: 17 | Salary: /images/players/unknown_hat.gif | Owned/Started%: 17/9 | Average Draft Position: 219.21

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Report: Braves have talked with A.J. Pierzynski about backup role


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2014) The Braves have talked to free agent A.J. Pierzynski about serving as their backup catcher, according to MLB.com. Pierzynski spent the 2014 season with Boston and St. Louis, batting .251 with five home runs and 37 RBI in 102 games.

A.J. Pierzynski starts in place of Yadier Molina in Game 3 of NLCS


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2014) As expected, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was not in the starting lineup for Game 3 of the NLCS against the Giants due to an oblique injury. A.J. Pierzynski started at catcher Tuesday for the Cardinals.

Cardinals C A.J. Pierzynski added to roster for NLCS


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/10/2014) Veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski has been added to the Cardinals roster for their National League Championship Series against San Francisco. He will replace reliever Sam Freeman and serve as the third catcher.

Mike Matheny explained that he wanted another experienced bat available. Pierzynski also brings a bat that has hit well in the postseason. He owns a .300/.372/.520 stat line with 17 RBI in 30 career postseason games.

Pierzynski will most likely be used as primarily a pinch-hitter.


A.J. Pierzynski likely staying with Cardinals


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) The return of Yadier Molina from a thumb injury is unlikely to force the Cardinals to part ways with his replacement, A.J. Pierzynski, reports FOXSports.com.

The Cardinals are expected to work Molina back in slowly when he makes his expected return to the lineup Friday, which should still leave time for Pierzynski to play. The fact that rosters expand in a few days should help Pierzynski's chances, since the team will be able to carry three catchers.

Pierzynski has appeared in 21 games since joining the Cardinals, hitting .265/.324/.338 in 68 at-bats. 


A.J. Pierzynski blasts off for first time in 11 weeks


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) Catcher A.J. Pierzynski provided the only beacon of light in a night of darkness for the Cardinals in Baltimore on Friday night.

The veteran cranked out a two-run homer in the seventh inning, his first blast since May 24, to kill the shutout hopes for Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman. He is 10 for 32 since arriving in St. Louis.


A.J. Pierzynski steps right into Cardinals' lineup


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) Cardinals catcher A.J. Pierzynski is in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Cubs, just hours after his signing was made official. Pierzynski is batting sixth and starting behind the plate for his first game.

Cardinals add A.J. Pierzynski to active roster


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) The Cardinals added catcher A.J. Pierzynski to the active roster Saturday, after signing him to a deal Friday.

Pierzynsky was cut by the Red Sox earlier in July, after hitting .254/.286/.348 with four home runs in 72 games.  


Cardinals working on signing A.J. Pierzynski


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) The Cardinals are working on finalizing a deal with free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Pierzynski parted ways with the Red Sox in July. He is expected to be in St. Louis Saturday, per FOX Sports. He hit 254/.286/.348 with four home runs in 72 games.

Red Sox release A.J. Pierzynski


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/16/2014) The Red Sox released catcher A.J. Pierzynski after designating him for assignment last week. The team was unable to trade the 37-year-old, who hit .254 with four homers in 72 games.

Report: Red Sox to DFA A.J. Pierzynski


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) The Red Sox are designating catcher A.J. Pierzynski for assignment Wednesday, according to FOXSports.com.

Pierzynski has struggled since signing a one year, $8.25 million deal with the Red Sox last offseason. Through 72 games, he is hitting just .254/.286/.348 , with four home runs. The Red Sox have 10 days to decide whether to trade, release or outright Pierzynski to the minors. 


A.J. Pierzynski taking seat Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2014) Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski owns a .333 lifetime batting average against Saturday starter Max Scherzer, but will not get a chance to improve it. He has been given the night off against Detroit in favor of David Ross. Ross has been used as the personal catcher for Boston starter Jon Lester.

Pierzynski has followed a hot streak with a cold one. He is 2 for 14 after slamming 18 hits in his previous 10 games.


Hitters to start in Week 11


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/7/2014) If you need a sleeper for Fantasy Week 11 (June 9-15), A.J. Pierzynski, Adam Lind, Tommy La Stella , Lonnie Chisenhall, Alcides Escobar and Josh Willingham are just a few of the worthy candidates.

You can read about them in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


A.J. Pierzynski tossed for arguing at home plate


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/5/2014) Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski was tossed from Wednesday's game against the Indians, for arguing balls and strikes.

Pierzynski earned his ejection from behind the plate, as he objected t some calls in the sixth inning. Home plate umpire Quinn Wolcott tossed him after a walk by Asdrubal Cabrera to lead off the inning. He finished the game 1 for 3 at bat before leaving.

Pierzynski has been a solid contributor for the Red Sox, hitting .283/.310/.410 in 173 at-bats. 


Hitters to sit in Week 10


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/31/2014) Some hitters to sit in Fantasy Week 10 (June 2-8) include A.J. Pierzynski, Adam Dunn, Yangervis Solarte, Andrelton Simmons, Marcell Ozuna and, yes, even Dee Gordon (at least at second base in certain formats).

Find out why in my latest Start and Sit Hitters column.


A.J. Pierzynski knocks fourth home run Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2014) Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski went 1 for 5 with a three-run home run while serving as the designated hitter in his team's 6-5 loss to the Rays Saturday.

Pierzynski put an exclamation point on a five-run first inning with a three-run blast, but the Red Sox managed just two hits over the next 14 innings before taking a loss in the 15th. He has hit .255/.293/.372 with four home runs and 23 RBI in 137 at-bats.


A.J. Pierzynski sits in favor of David Ross on Friday night


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2014) Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski is a rare breed in that he has handled Tigers ace Max Scherzer quite well in his career to the tune of a .333 batting average and .515 slugging percentage. But he won't get a chance to enhance those numbers Friday night - he is out of the lineup.

The Sox have elected to go instead with David Ross, who has developed a strong working relationship with Boston starter Jon Lester. Lester owns a 2.45 career ERA and 10.4 strikeouts per nine innings with Ross behind the plate, WEEI.com has reported.


A.J. Pierzynski sitting Saturday against southpaw


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2014) A matchup against Texas lefty Martin Perez has Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski sidelined Saturday. David Ross has taken his place in the lineup.

Pierzynski has just three hits in 22 at-bats against left-handers this season.


A.J. Pierzynski sitting Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2014) Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski was not in the team's starting lineup Saturday.

Pierzynski will be replaced by David Ross behind the plate. With lefty Tommy Milone on the mound, Pierzynski will get a day to rest. He should return to the lineup Sunday.


Hitters to sit in Week 6


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/2/2014) What do A.J. Pierzynski, Adam LaRoche, Brandon Phillips, Marcus Semien, Everth Cabrera and Brett Gardner have in common? They're all "sits" for Fantasy Week 6 (May 5-11). Billy Butler didn't qalify for the list as a DH-only player, but he's not so advisable either with the Royals playing three games at San Diego to open the week.

Of course, whether or not you can actually sit them depends on your league type and the alternatives available to you. For the reasons why you might sit them and a list of possible replacements, check out Start and Sit Hitters for Week 6.


Meeting with manager calmed A.J. Pierzynski


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2014) A meeting with manager John Farrell seems to have calmed Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski, according to the Boston Herald

Farrell met with Pierzynski two weeks ago after noticing he may have been putting extra pressure on himself. While it didn't jump-start his offense immediately, Pierzynski has collected eight hits over his past six games. There was a sense Pierzynski was trying to prove himself to his new teammates, which is why Farrell felt a meeting was necessary. 


A.J. Pierzynski sits for Game 1


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2014) Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski will sit for Game 1 of the team's Thursday double-header.

Pierzynski will likely get the nod for Game 2. David Ross will start behind the plate and hit eighth during the early game. Pierzynski is hitting .274 in 73 at-bats. 


A.J. Pierzynski belts grand slam in win over Toronto


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2014) Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski made his only hit of the day count, launching his second home run of the season in a 7-6 victory over the Blue Jays in Toronto.

Pierzynski took reliever Chad Jenkins deep for a grand slam in the third inning. He finished 1 for 3 with a walk, a run scored and four RBI. He is hitting .277 with two homers and 12 RBI in 65 at-bats.

A.J. Pierzynski picks up three hits in win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2014) Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski put together his first multi-hit game in nearly two weeks Friday, in an 8-1 win over the Blue Jays.  

Pierzynski raised his barring average more than 30 points in one night, going 3 for 4 with a double. He drove in one run and scored two more, his first run scored since April 12, which was also when he last recorded more than one hit in a game.

Pierzynski is hitting .274/.319/.355 with one home run and eight RBI in 19 games played. 


A.J. Pierzynski hits first home run Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2014) Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski hit his first home run of the season in his team's 7-4 loss to the Yankees Saturday.

Pierzynski's home run came with a man on in the second inning, and he would add a single later in the game to finish 2 for 4 at the plate. He has hit .344/.344/.438 in 32 at-bats.


A.J. Pierzynski returns Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2014) Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski has returned to the team’s starting lineup Friday.

Pierzynski sat in favor of David Ross Thursday. While it may have been a routine day off, the team was facing a left-handed pitcher, so Pierzynski could see time off against lefties throughout the year. He’ll hit eighth against Marco Estrada Friday.