"Came at a big time to tie things up," Farrell said of Pierzynski's blast Sunday. "He's been swinging the bat well. He's in the middle of our offense. When we're able to put up some runs on board, A.J. seemingly is in there."
After Pierzynski sought out Farrell in his office, the Sox manager believes his catcher has been more relaxed at the plate as well as behind the dish as he continues to develop a rapport with Red Sox pitchers.
"There was a game [during] the New York series, we had a chance to have a little bit of a sit-down," Farrell said. "He kind of just in some ways stopped trying to force his way in and just go play as he's done for many many years and been a very good player.
"I think it was his own realization of just not trying to be anybody different. Just go about your game as you typically do. Since that point, he's swung the bat well, he's thrown well, he's received well. Sometimes coming into a new organization regardless of your age and experience level is a feeling out process."
Hitting in a lineup full of patient batters -- Mike Napoli (4.66), Xander Bogaerts (4.29) and Dustin Pedroia (4.19) are among the top 30 in baseball in pitches per at-bat -- Pierzynski's approach stuck out.
Pierzynski is still aggressive in the box, but he has appeared to work longer at-bats of late. He's seeing about 3.3 pitches per plate appearance now, and he hit his home run Sunday on a 3-2 count.
"We haven't really changed anything," Pierzynski said. "Just talking to [hitting coach Greg Colbrunn] about some stuff. Nothing major. But just trying to get up there and get a good pitch and put a good swing on it. That's all you can really do."
Settling into his new surroundings, and playing more "free of mind" as Farrell put it, has also clearly helped.