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MLB roundup: Red Sox release Pierzynski

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[July 18, 2014]  The Sports Xchange
 The Boston Red Sox released catcher A.J. Pierzynski on Wednesday after designating him for assignment last week.

The team was unable to trade the 37-year-old, who hit .254 with four home runs and 31 RBIs in 72 games.

Pierzynski signed by the Red Sox during the offseason to a one-year, $8.25 million contract.

A two-time All-Star, Pierzynski played for the San Francisco Giants, Minnesota Twins, Chicago White Sox and Texas Rangers.

---Rangers veteran reliever Jason Frasor was traded to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for minor-league relief pitcher Spencer Patton.

Frasor, 36, had a 3.34 ERA in 38 games with the Rangers, including 30 strikeouts in 29 1/3 innings.

Royals infielder Jimmy Paredes was designated for assignment to clear space on the 40-man roster for Frasor and right-hander Louis Coleman was optioned to Omaha.

---The White Sox claimed right-handed pitcher Raul Fernandez off waivers from the Colorado Rockies and assigned him to Class A Winston-Salem.

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Fernandez, 24, was 0-1 with a 7.00 ERA, seven saves and 20 strikeouts over 29 relief appearances in 27 innings this season with Class A Modesto in the Rockies organization. He converted seven of his eight save opportunities.

Fernandez, a native of Boca Chica, Dominican Republic, spent the 2008 season as a catcher before being converted to a pitcher full-time in 2009. He was originally signed by Colorado as an international free agent on Nov. 13, 2007.


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