A.J. Pierzynski should have grown on just about every fan of the Texas Rangers by now, and if he hasn't already, he did more for his cause on Tuesday night.
One of the most hated players in baseball, unless he's on your team, Pierzynski has made his presence felt by being one of the few guys in the Rangers' lineup producing at the plate right now as he's actually leading all Rangers regulars with a .304 batting average on the season.
On Tuesday, that continued as he was given more responsibility by being shifted to the third spot in the lineup, replacing the slumping Lance Berkman, who hit fifth and went 0-for-4, and Pierzynski picked up a key two-run single.
Key because it was the only run-producing hit the Rangers had on the night and one of only three total hits.
Pierzynski now has 11 RBIs in his last 20 games and is hitting .349 in his 21 starts since returning from the disabled list with eight doubles and two homers.
He's a free agent following this season, but the 36-year-old is playing his way into serious consideration of bringing back for another year or possibly even two if that's what it takes.