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Sunday, July 1, 2012
AL manager wishes he had room for A.J.

By Richard Durrett

ARLINGTON, Texas -- American League All-Star manager Ron Washington of the Texas Rangers said the one player that he was most disappointed he couldn't get on the roster was A.J. Pierzynski of the Chicago White Sox.

Pierzynski is hitting .283 with 14 homers and 45 RBIs. He leads all AL catchers in home runs and is second in RBIs. But Baltimore's Matt Wieters was selected by the players and Washington needed to get a Minnesota Twin on the roster and chose Joe Mauer.

"I feel bad for Pierzynski," Washington said. "The guy's having an outstanding year. He's been working with a very good pitching staff over there with those Chicago White Sox for many years. I consider him a winning player because he beats you any kind of way he can. He beats you mentally, he beats you physically. So I feel really bad for Pierzynski."