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Bottom line: A.J.'s a gamer

White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski has gone from clubhouse catalyst to clubhouse cancer to clubhouse cure, writes Wayne Drehs.

Updated: March 15, 2006, 5:38 PM ET
By Wayne Drehs | ESPN.com

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Walking off the field during a recent spring training game, the catcher pulls the black mask off his face, looks to his wife and 6-month-old daughter in the front row and asks a question.

"Is she sleeping yet?"

"Yes," his wife responds, smiling at the baby. "Finally."

"Good," the catcher responds, smiling back.

Two hours earlier, the same man stands behind home plate during a team workout. A ball just dropped in front of outfielder Jermaine Dye, and the catcher ...

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