Was Pierzynski surprised at the reports that came out following his release in which unnamed sources criticized his work ethic?
"I'd expect nothing less," Pierzynski said. "I'm a Cardinal now, so whatever people in Boston say, they're going to say. There's nothing I can say to defend it or anything. All I can say is, nobody said anything to me while I was there, so whatever was said after I left, I saw a little bit of it, but I really didn't pay a lot of attention to it. I'm a Cardinal now. and if you guys want to talk about that, that's fine."
• With no designated hitter for the three games in St. Louis, David Ortiz got the start at first on Tuesday, with Mike Napoli getting a rest. Napoli will start on Wednesday.
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