A.J. Pierzynski told the media after the Cardinals’ loss to the Giants in Game 5 of the NLCS that he intends to play baseball again in 2015, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. With Yadier Molina starting and Tony Cruz backing up, Pierzynski’s future doesn’t lie with the Cardinals.
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“I want to play, obviously,” said Pierzynski, who came to the Cardinals after being released by Boston in July. He will be a free agent next month. “Physically I feel good. I still think I can contribute. I don’t know what will be out there, but I want to play.”
The catcher, who turns 38 at the end of December, put up a .251/.288/.337 slash line with five home runs and 37 RBI in 362 plate appearances during the regular season with the Red Sox and Cardinals. It was easily the worst season of his 17-year career. However, he was productive at the plate with the Rangers in 2013, so it’s tough to make any concrete judgments about his ability to play going forward.
Blue Jays second baseman Cavan Biggio hit for the cycle on Tuesday against the Orioles. Cavan, the son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, struck out in the first inning, but bounced back to hit a two-run homer in the third. He followed that up with a single in the sixth, a double in the eighth, and a two-run triple in the ninth.
Biggio is the sixth player to hit for the cycle this season, joining Jorge Polanco (Twins), Shohei Ohtani (Angels), Jake Bauers (Indians), Trea Turner (Nationals), and Jonathan Villar (Orioles). He’s the third member of the Blue Jays to hit for the cycle, joining Jeff Frye and Kelly Gruber. In case you were wondering, yes, Craig Biggio has also hit for the cycle. He did so against the Rockies on April 8, 2002. Craig and Cavan are the second father-son duo to both hit for the cycle, joining Gary and Daryle Ward, Sportsnet notes.
After Tuesday’s 4-for-5 performance, Biggio is batting .230/.361/.425 with 14 home runs and 42 RBI in 379 plate appearances on the season.