Don't ask Pierzynski about unfamiliarity with Lester

Don't ask Pierzynski about unfamiliarity with Lester
May 22, 2014, 10:00 pm
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BOSTON - If you think Jon Lester and A.J. Pierzynski may not have enough familiarity to work well together, don't bring it up to Pierzynski.

He was having none of it after Thursday's 7-2 loss to the Red Sox, barely letting one reporter finish his question on the matter.

"No. I'm not answering that question anymore," Pierzynski said. "It doesn't matter. You guys keep bringing that up. But Jon and I, the first Opening Day we did well together. And today was just one of those days things didn't work out. It had nothing to do with me catching. You guys can say that all you want, but it had nothing to do with that."

Well, alright then.

But Sox manager John Farrell himself said Lester and David Ross probably have a better connection going, as Ross usually catches Lester.

"Yeah, there's a comfort level between Jon and David Ross," Farrell said. "But given where we are offensively, and the history that A.J. had against [Mark] Buehrle coming into this, trying to get offense wherever we could.

"I'm not saying that their report is not workable, but I think just the numbers bear out that Jon has had some comfort level, there's more history with he and David, but I'm not going to focus on that being the difference in today's game."

Jon Lester told the Boston Herald after the game that he doesn't care who's catching for him.

Pierzynski did throw out his 8th base stealer on Thursday, nailing Kevin Pillar at second base in the 6th inning. He's 8-for-21 (38-percent) on the season.