Pierzyn­ski laughs off past Star snub, praises Washington

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

A.J. Pierzyn­ski can joke with Texas man­ager Ron Washington about last sea­son’s All-Star snub now that he’s the start­ing catcher for the Rangers.

They shared a laugh over lunch a few days be­fore Wed­nes­day’s an­nounce­ment that Pierzyn­ski’s one-year, freeagent con­tract with Texas was com­plete. Both con­sid­ered the All-Star is­sue dead af­ter it hap­pened in July, even though Pierzyn­ski had a cryptic re­tort when Washington ex­plained the dif­fi­culty of the de­ci­sion.

“Ev­ery­body keeps try­ing to make a big deal out of it, but I’ve known Wash for a really long time,” Pierzyn­ski said. “It’s not go­ing to change the way I feel about Ron Washington be­cause I know what he’s done in this game and I know where he stands and what he’s all about. It’s over and done with for me.”

Washington said Pierzyn­ski will be the pri­mary catcher, push­ing Geo­vany Soto to the backup role af­ter he re-signed as a free agent. The two-time Al­lS­tar hit .278 with a ca­reer­high 27 home runs in 135 games for the Chicago White Sox.

Terms of Pierzyn­ski’s deal weren’t dis­closed. To make room for Pierzyn­ski on the 40-man ros­ter, the Rangers des­ig­nated catcher Luis Martinez for as­sign­ment.

Red Sox: Bos­ton ac­quired All-Star closer Joel Han­ra­han from the Pitts­burgh Pi­rates in a six­player deal.

Bos­ton com­pleted the trade Wed­nes­day, also re­ceiv­ing in­fielder Brock Holt. The Red Sox gave up right-han­ders Mark Me­lan­con and Stolmy Pi­mentel, in­fielder Ivan DeJe­sus Jr. and first base­man-out­fielder Jerry Sands.

Over the past two sea­sons, the right-handed Han­ra­han had 76 saves, fourth most in the Na­tional League, and a 2.24 ERA. Last sea­son, he was 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA and 36 saves.

Mariners: Seat­tle of­fi­cially an­nounced their $2.75 mil­lion, one-year deal with 40-year-old out­fielder Raul Ibanez (.240, 19 home runs, 62 RBIs for the Yan­kees last sea­son), re­turn­ing the veteran to where he be­gan his ma­jor league ca­reer in 1996.

Jones ac­cused of drag­ging wife: The wife of former At­lanta Braves star An­druw Jones ac­cused him of drag­ging her down a stair­case, grab­bing her neck and say­ing he wanted to kill her, ac­cord­ing to po­lice records.

A po­lice report ob­tained by The As­so­ci­ated Press said the fight hap­pened around 1:30 a.m. on Christ­mas Day, af­ter Ni­cole Jones asked her hus­band to help her pre­pare their sub­ur­ban At­lanta home for Christ­mas morn­ing.

An­druw Jones was free on bond af­ter his ar­rest on a bat­tery charge, ac­cord­ing to Gwin­nett County Jail records.

Po­lice said they found in­juries on her neck, which they pho­tographed for ev­i­dence.

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