Up-the-middle presence begins with Pierzynski

Up-the-middle presence begins with Pierzynski

CHICAGO -- White Sox manager Robin Ventura truly appreciates the importance of A.J. Pierzynski's dominant 2012 showing, with Pierzynski carrying a streak of six straight games with at least one RBI into Tuesday's contest against the Royals.

"Catchers are involved in every play. They get a good sense of what's going on," Ventura said. "You're weak if you're not strong up the middle and it starts behind the plate and goes all the way out to shortstop, second base, center field. I don't know a lot of teams that are good that don't have a good catcher."

Pierzynski has set a career high and leads all big league catchers with 21 homers.