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A.J. Pierzynski | Catcher

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (37) / 12/30/1976
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 235
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Red Sox designated C A.J. Pierzynski for assignment.
Pierzynski has managed a poor .254/.286/.348 batting line with just four homers and 31 RBI this season, and the Sox have apparently decided they've had enough. Boston will have to eat the $3.6 million remaining on Pierzynski's contract once he clears waivers. Pierzynski, 37, figures to receive some interest on the open market, but it's possible he might not be able to find a starting job. Christian Vazquez has been summoned from Triple-A. Jul 9 - 2:39 PM

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A.J. Pierzynski was ejected from Wednesday's game after Asdrubal Cabrera drew a walk in the sixth inning.

Pierzynski was 1-for-3 prior to being tossed. It is very rare for a catcher to be ejected from a game while on defense, but no further punishment should be coming. David Ross entered the game at catcher.
Jun 4 - 11:32 PM

A.J. Pierzynski delivered a walk-off triple in the 10th inning to lead to the Red Sox to a 3-2 victory over the Rays on Friday night.

Juan Carlos Oviedo hit Jonny Gomes with a pitch with one-out and Pierzynski followed with a drive to right-center field which dropped in between Wil Myers and Desmond Jennings, who collided. After dropping 10 straight games, the Red Sox have now won five in a row. Pierzynski went 2-for-5 on the night and has pulled his batting average up to .283 on the year.
May 30 - 11:57 PM

A.J. Pierzynski will not be in Tuesday's lineup against the Braves.

David Ross will start behind the plate and catch Jon Lester, a pairing that has worked well recently. For what it's worth, Ross is 4-for-12 with three homers against Tuesday's starter Aaron Harang.
May 27 - 1:12 PM

A.J. Pierzynski went 3-for-4 with three runs scored in a loss to the Rays on Sunday.

Pierzynski had two doubles and a single on the afternoon, scoring all three times he reached base. He's 9-for-22 in his last five games, bringing his average up to .270 after it had dipped to .244 during a cold stretch.
May 25 - 6:11 PM

A.J. Pierzynski went hitless in Sunday’s loss to the Tigers, going 0-for-4 with a strikeout.

Pierzynski has been up to his free-swinging ways this season, and despite a .246 batting average is only getting on base at a .283 clip. He has also seen a downtick in the power department with just three homers and 20 RBI on the season.
May 18 - 11:31 PM

A.J. Pierzynski went 2-for-4 with a home run in Sunday's loss to the Athletics.

Pierzynski's solo home run off Sonny Gray in the seventh inning tied the score at 2-2. The catcher his hitting a healthy .291/.330/.419 in 26 games this year.
May 4 - 6:06 PM

A.J. Pierzynski is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's contest against the Athletics.

It's simply a routine day off for the veteran backstop with a day game after a night game. David Ross will draw the start behind the dish and hit ninth against opposing southpaw Tommy Milone.
May 3 - 10:15 AM

A.J. Pierzynski went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and two runs scored Friday against the Athletics.

Pierzynski has settled in nicely after a slow start to the season. The veteran backstop has raised his batting average 45 points over his last nine games, from .235 to .280.
May 2 - 11:33 PM

A.J. Pierzynski went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored against the Rays on Tuesday.

Pierzynski had an RBI single and a run scored in the team's five-run sixth inning. In his first year with the Red Sox, Pierzynski is hitting .274/.321/.384 with 13 RBI.
Apr 29 - 10:52 PM

A.J. Pierzynski blasted a grand slam homer off Chad Jenkins on Saturday, powering the Red Sox to a 7-5 victory over the Blue Jays in Toronto.

The Red Sox drew four walks against starter Brandon Morrow in the third inning to force in a run and load the bases, setting the stage for Pierzynski to welcome Jennings into the game with the mammoth blast. He’s now hitting .277/.329/.400 with two homers and 12 RBI in his first season in Boston.
Apr 26 - 4:36 PM

A.J. Pierzynski belted a two-run homer in a losing effort against the Yankees on Saturday.

The veteran backstop finished the afternoon 2-for-4. His two run blast off Hiroki Kuroda evened the score at 2-2 in the second inning after the Yankees had jumped out to an early lead. He’s off to a fast start at the dish this season, slashing .344/.344/.438 with four RBI.
Apr 12 - 4:16 PM

A.J. Pierzynski went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in Tuesday's loss to the Rangers.

All three of Pierzynski's hits were singles. He was one of three Red Sox batters to finish with three hits, driving his average up to .333 in the process. Expect the average to fall, but the power should come along sooner or later.
Apr 8 - 9:48 PM

A.J. Pierzynski managed three singles in four at-bats versus his old team in Monday's win over the Rangers.

Pierzynski impressed neither offensively (2-for-16) nor defensively during the first week of the season, but his swing-at-everything philosophy worked out tonight. He scored twice in the game. That's something he did just five times while finishing with 48 runs scored last year.
Apr 7 - 10:43 PM

A.J. Pierzynski (ankle) will be re-evaluated on Friday in hopes of being cleared to return to Grapefruit League action.

Out since Monday with a sprained left ankle, Pierzynski went through baseball activities on Thursday but the Red Sox want to see how he feels Friday before he's allowed to return to game action. He's likely to get in a game this weekend.
Mar 6 - 6:16 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Christian Vazquez
2David Ross
1B1Mike Napoli
2Mike Carp
3Ryan Lavarnway
2B1Dustin Pedroia
2Mookie Betts
SS1Stephen Drew
3B1Xander Bogaerts
2Will Middlebrooks
LF1Brock Holt
2Jonny Gomes
CF1Jackie Bradley
2Mookie Betts
RF1Shane Victorino
2Alex Hassan
DH1David Ortiz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Lester
2Clay Buchholz
3John Lackey
4Jake Peavy
5Rubby De La Rosa
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Koji Uehara
2Edward Mujica
3Junichi Tazawa
4Craig Breslow
5Burke Badenhop
6Andrew Miller
7Felix Doubront