Pierzynski Carries Rangers' Offense

A.J. Pierzynski is one of the Texas Rangers' hottest hitters at the moment, and he was sure to keep up his positive vibe at the plate on Wednesday night against the New York Yankees while he was serving as the team's designated hitter and Geovany Soto was catching his former Cubs teammate Matt Garza in his Rangers debut.

Pierzynski got the Rangers on the board in the first inning with an RBI single and then answered a Yankees run in the top of the sixth inning with a key solo home run in the bottom of the sixth on what was a really solid pitch from Andy Pettitte that Pierzynski reached down and away for but somehow managed to pull over the right-field wall.

The Rangers never looked back after that.

Pierzynski is proving to be quite the clutch hitter for the Rangers, as seven of his 10 home runs this year have given the Rangers the lead in a game.

The Rangers could look to bring back the 36-year-old catcher, who has been a galvanizing force in the Rangers' clubhouse this year, as Pierzynski is free this off-season after signing a one-year deal worth $7.5 million with the Rangers.

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