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New Red Sox A.J. Pierzynski looking forward to Fenway — and that first homer

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — New Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski has hit 172 home runs over his 16 seasons in the major leagues. But he’s never had one at Fenway Park.

No fly ball that sneaked over the wall in left. No line drive wrapping around the Pesky Pole. No blast into the bullpen. He has come to the plate at Fenway 121 times since 1999, too.

“I’ve hit a few off the wall in left,” he said. “But every time I seem to hit one to right, for some reason, they either catch it or it bounces. One of these days I’m going to run into one there and I’m going to have to probably get the ball.”

He’s looking forward to that first Fenway homer — and to other things about playing with the Red Sox.

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