White Sox reach two-year deal with A.J. Pierzynski

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A few hours ago, Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times reported that the Blue Jays were close to a contract with free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski.  That was incorrect.

From Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com comes word that the White Sox have agreed to a two-year deal with Pierzynski, possibly worth $8 million.

Pierzynski, 33, hit 270/.300/.388 with nine home runs and 56 RBI over 474 at-bats in 2010.  He may begin losing playing time next year to up-and-coming catching prospect Tyler Flowers, but the veteran Pierzynski should still wind up with around 350-400 at-bats.

The Blue Jays, meanwhile, will roll on with the intention of starting J.P. Arencibia at catcher in 2011.

Trea Turner hits for the cycle

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Nationals shortstop Trea Turner hit for the cycle on Tuesday night against the Rockies, becoming the first National to hit for the cycle since, well, himself back on April 25, 2017… against the Rockies.

Turner led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run to center field off of Peter Lambert. He singled in the second, tripled to lead off the fourth, and hit an RBI double as part of an eight-run seventh inning to complete the cycle.

Turner is the fourth player to hit for the cycle this season. The others:

After completing the cycle, Turner is hitting .286/.343/.494 with eight home runs, 25 RBI, 41 runs scored, and 20 stolen bases in 277 plate appearances this season.