A.J. Pierzynski faces White Sox, gets plunked, talks about it

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For most of A.J. Pierzynski’s career we’ve heard some version of “opponents hate him, but teammates love him” applied to his ability to ruffle feathers on the field.

Last night, after spending eight seasons as the White Sox’s starting catcher, Pierzynski faced the White Sox as a member of the Rangers. He came off the bench as a pinch-hitter against his former battery-mate, closer Addison Reed, who promptly plunked Pierzynski in the shoulder.

Considering the game situation–ninth inning, 5-2 game–it seems far-fetched that Reed would hit Pierzynski on purpose–look how happy they were together in that picture!–which would merely make it an amusing coincidence.

Here’s what Pierzynski told the CSNChicago.com cameras afterward:

Report: Red Sox expected to hire Alex Cora after World Series

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Red Sox have offered a contract to Astros’ bench coach Alex Cora, though the deal won’t be officially announced until the conclusion of the World Series later this month. Cora has long been a favorite for the Sox’ managerial vacancy, and despite reports that he was being pursued by the Tigers, Mets, Phillies and Nationals, he’s expected to land in Boston after all. The team has yet to verify the report.

The deal is for three years, per the Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. Cora is coming off of a one-year gig with the Astros and has no prior managerial experience. More importantly, however, he stands out for his familiarity with the Red Sox’ organization, strong connection with players and analytics-driven approach.

The Red Sox are the second team to replace their manager this offseason after the Tigers snatched up Ron Gardenhire on Friday. The Mets, Phillies and Nationals are still hunting for replacements.