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A.J. Pierzynski adjusting well to Red Sox

A.J. Pierzynski compares Jon Lester with ex-teammate Mark Buehrle, except Lester has better velocity.
A.J. Pierzynski compares Jon Lester with ex-teammate Mark Buehrle, except Lester has better velocity.file/Steven Senne/associated press

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — A.J. Pierzynski plays the game in his mind.

Let’s see, Clay Buchholz is Brad Radke. Jon Lester is Mark Buehrle, who also has a good cutter, but with more velocity and pitches. Right down the list, Pierzynski associates a past pitcher he’s caught with the Red Sox staff he is currently learning.

“I do a lot of comparing like that,” Pierzynski said. “It’s a good way to form a baseline on a guy and then you use what you learn about the pitcher and what he likes to throw in certain situations and counts and use your own knowledge of the game and pitching to formulate something that will work.

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