Pierzynski makes Red Sox debut

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Playing his first game with the Red Sox, A.J. Pierzynski heard a sound that has become very familiar in his career.

The crowd at Hammond Stadium, the home of the Minnesota Twins, gave him a round of boos.

Good-natured about it, the former Twin tipped his cap. Over the years, the outgoing and hard-nosed Pierzynski has been one of those players opposing fans love to hate.

"Whatever," said Pierzynski. "It's fine ... [I] expect nothing less. It's fine, just one of those funny moments. It's good."

The Red Sox are the fifth team Pierzynski will play for in his career. But the veteran is blending into a veteran clubhouse and learning a new pitching staff.

"Just hearing him talk around the cage, around the clubhouse, he's not trying to be somebody other than who he is -- and he's fit in well, so far," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "[I] really didn't anticipate anything different than that."

Batting cleanup on a day many other Boston regulars didn't make the short road trip, Pierzynski went 0-for-3.

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