Worth noting

A.J. Pierzynski renewed acquaintances with the Red Sox for the first time since the club released him last month. Pierzynski started behind the plate for the Cardinals on Tuesday.

"Things didn't work out in Boston," said Pierzynski. "To end up here was pretty cool. We have a long way to go, and hopefully, we can find a way to get to the postseason."

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.

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.