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40 A.J. Pierzynski C
Height/Weight: 6-3/235 | Birthdate: 12/30/1976 | Birthplace: Bridgehampton, NY | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Boston | College: No College | MLB Experience: 17 | Salary: $7,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 48/33 | Average Draft Position: 218.53
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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.


A.J. Pierzynski impatience continues in Boston


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2014) Red Sox new starting catcher A.J. Pierzynski hasn't exactly been the picture of patience to start the 2014 season. He has seen just 20 pitches in eight at-bats, per 98.5 The Sports Hub. He saw five pitches in one of those at-bats, leaving 15 in his other seven plate appearances.

Pierzynski is off to a so-so start. He is batting .250 with no extra-base hits. His swing-at-anything approach is nothing new. He has never walked more than 28 times in any season since starting his major league career in 1998. He earned just 11 walks in 503 at-bats with Texas last year.


Foot injury no longer an issue for A.J. Pierzynski


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2014) Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski played Monday against the Rays for the second time in three games after missing a few days with a foot injury. Pierzynski had an RBI double in three at-bats and is batting .273 (3 for 11) through four spring games.

A.J. Pierzynski, David Ross dealing with foot injuries


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2014) Red Sox catchers A.J. Pierzynski and David Ross will miss the next few days of action while recovering from foot injuries, MLB.com reports.

Pierzynski rolled his left ankle Monday, reaggravating an injury that has bothered him this spring. He could return Friday.

"He's got a little bit of swelling in there today but this is a couple, three days maybe before he's back behind the plate," manager John Farrell told MLB.com. "The one thing is it's twice in camp that it's happened so we have to be a little more cautious right now."

Ross is suffering from left foot soreness, but he's expected to be back Friday.

"It was bothering me in the offseason. It got a little better, but as I was running … it's one of those things where I can run straight, but I can't really turn really good," Ross told MLB.com. "The ligament in there has been kind of aggravated. I've been running funny on my foot."


A.J. Pierzynski will miss a few days


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2014) Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski will not catch the past couple of days, according to the Providence Journal

Pierzynski is dealing with ankle soreness. He was able to make his spring debut Saturday, despite the injury. He will not catch for a couple days, but could return soon.

Pierzynski hit .272/.297/.425 in 503 at-bats last year.


A.J. Pierzynski goes hitless in spring debut


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2014) Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski made his spring debut Saturday against the Twins, after overcoming a minor ankle issue from earlier in the spring. Pierzynski played the first five innings in the game, as scheduled, finishing hitless in three at-bats.

Pierzynski hit .272/.297/.425 in 503 at-bats for the Rangers a year ago, before signing a one-year deal with the Red Sox this offseason. 


Red Sox manager projects lineup/batting order


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2014) Red Sox manager John Farrell provided a projected lineup/batting order during an interview with WEEI Wednesday.

The lineup consisted of Shane Victorino leading off. He was followed by Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz, Mike Napoli, Daniel Nava, A.J. Pierzynski, Xander Bogaerts, Will Middlebrooks and Jackie Bradley.


A.J. Pierzynski gets day off after turning ankle


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2014) Red Sox manager John Farrell said catcher A.J. Pierzynski didn't catch any bullpen sessions Tuesday after turning his ankle during drills Monday. However, he is expected to catch Wednesday, according to WEEI.com.

A.J. Pierzynski agrees with Red Sox


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2013) Free-agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski has agreed to a deal with the Red Sox, according to CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman. 

The two sides have agreed to a deal, but nothing is official yet. The 36-year-old Pierzynski hit .272/.297/.425 in 503 at-bats with Texas last season. Boston was in the market for a catcher after losing Jarrod Saltalamacchia to free-agency this offseason. The deal is said to be for one-year, according to Heyman. Pierzynski will make $8.25 million, according to ESPN.


Twins progressing in A.J. Pierzynski talks


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(12/1/2013) The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the Twins are continuing to move forward in their attempts to sign free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski. The Twins began discussions with Pierzynski last month, once they determined Joe Mauer would move from catcher to first base full-time.

Pierzynski, who broke into the majors with the Twins in 1998 and played for them until 2003, hit .272 with 17 home runs and 70 RBI with the Rangers in 2013.


Twins, A.J. Pierzynski working on reunion


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2013) The Twins and catcher A.J. Pierzynski have been talking about a potential reunion, according to CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman.

Joe Mauer is set to move to first base, leaving the opportunity for Pierzynski to come back. The team would prefer to have Pierzynski back on a one-year deal. Pierzynski hit .272/.297/.425 in 503 at-bats.


Phillies could turn to A.J. Pierzynski


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2013) The Phillies will make catcher A.J. Pierzynski their number one priority if they can't work out a deal with Carlos Ruiz, according to ESPN.

Pierzynski is 36-years-old, but continues to be an effective player behind the plate. He hit .272/.297/.425 in 503 at-bats with the Rangers last season. Ruiz couldn't replicate the success of his breakout 2012, hitting .268 in 310 at-bats. 


Red Sox looking into A.J. Pierzynski


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(11/10/2013) WEEI.com reports that the Red Sox are considering free agent A.J. Pierzynski among their potential options at catcher for the 2014 season. Pierzynski spent 2013 with the Rangers, hitting .272 with 17 home runs and 70 RBI.

The Red Sox are in the market for a catcher, as incumbent Jarrod Saltalamacchia became a free agent at the end of the postseason.


Matt Garza highlights Rangers' free agents


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/6/2013) In addition to outfielder Nelson Cruz, who was extended a qualifying offer, and designated hitter Lance Berkman, who had his team option declined, the Rangers have had several players file for free agency, including starting pitcher Matt Garza, catcher A.J. Pierzynski, relief pitcher Jason Frasor, outfielder David Murphy and starting pitcher Colby Lewis.

Garza should attract the most attention on the market. Lewis, who missed the entire 2013 season because of elbow and hip surgeries, has said he'd like to return.


A.J. Pierzynski out Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2013) Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski is not in the team's starting lineup Thursday against the Rays.

Pierzynski will be replaced by Geovani Soto behind the plate. Pierzynski is hitting .278/.304/.439 in 460 at-bats. 


Rangers give A.J. Pierzynski off Monday


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2013) Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski was given a day off Monday against Pittsburgh with Geovany Soto getting the start behind the plate for manager Ron Wasington, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. 

Pierzynski is hitting .280 this season over 425 at-bats with 17 long balls and 61 runs batted in for the Rangers. He has gone 18 for 61 (.295) over his last 17 games with four home runs and 13 RBI. 


A.J. Pierzysnki out of Wednesday's lineup


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2013) Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski is out of the lineup for Wednesday's matinee against Seattle, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Pierzynski played in all 10 innings in Tuesday night's game, so the club will give him Wednesday afternoon off.

A.J. Pierzynski hits number 15


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2013) Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski clubbed his 15th home run Monday against the Mariners.

Pierzynski had just one hit in the game, finishing 1 for 5. He was able to take advantage of a Joe Saunders slider, hitting out to right for a three-run shot. Pierzynski is hitting .280/.307/.447 in 389 at-bats.


A.J. Pierzynski drives in four runs


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2013) Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski had a huge game Monday night during a 16-5 win over the Houston Astros. Pierzynski drove in four runs for Texas.

The backstop went 4 for 5 on the night with a double and his 14th home run. He went deep in the seventh inning off Philip Humber for a solo shot with two outs. 

Pierzynski drove in a run with a strikeout in the first inning. He added two RBI singles in the 11-run third inning. Pierzynski is batting .285 after scoring twice on the game. 

The 36-year-old catcher has hits in eight of his last nine games with two homers and nine RBI over that stretch. He has 52 runs driven in on the year. 


A.J. Pierzynski picks up two hits


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2013) Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski had two hits Monday against the Astros.

Pierzynski finished the game 2 for 3, with a RBI. Pierzynski was ejected after arguing balls and strikes after Yu Darvish walked a batter. He was replaced by Geovany Soto. Pierzynski is hitting .281.


A.J. Pierzynski given Sunday off


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2013) Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski is getting some rest against Houston on Sunday as he was not in the starting lineup. Pierzynski has been pretty hot over his last three games. 

The backstop has gone 5 for 14 (.357) over that three-game stretch with a home run and three RBI. He's gone 10 for 31 (.323) over eight games in August thus far. Pierzynski is batting .277 overall on the year with 13 long balls and 46 runs driven in. 


A.J. Pierzynski homers in three-hit performance


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2013) Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski packed the box score in Thursday's 7-1 win over the Diamondbacks, going 3 for 4 with a home run, three RBI and his first stolen base of the season.

Pierzynski's three home runs since the All-Star break give him 12 for the season to go with a .279/.307/.442 line and 40 RBI in 319 at-bats.


A.J. Pierzynski ties game with homer


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2013) Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski started as the designated hitter Monday night against the Angels. He came up big with a game-tying home run in the ninth inning off closer Ernesto Frieri.

Pierzynski made the score 3-3 before Geovany Soto ended it with another solo shot. Pierzynski went 1 for 4 in the game and is batting .275.

The 36-year-old has a couple homers in his last six games and 11 on the season to go with 37 RBI.

A.J. Pierzynski to serve as DH Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2013) Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski will serve as the team's designated hitter Monday against the Yankees. 

Geovany Soto will get the call behind the plate. Pierzynski will hit fifth against Ivan Nova. He's hitting .281/.313/.438 in 274 at-bats.