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Guillen's advice to Pierzynski? Less talk, more play

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After reading Pierzynski’s comments Tuesday in the Sun-Times about his immediate future with the Sox — and what could be the end of a five-year-plus run here for the veteran catcher — Guillen offered some words of advice: ‘‘The only thing I’m going to say is, ‘Start playing the game.’’’ ... Guillen said Pierzynski will remain his starting catcher, but he doesn’t want him focusing on trade talk and the fact he’ll be a free agent after the season. ‘‘He’s good,’’ Guillen said. ‘‘He’s not going to lose his job. I’m very happy with what I’ve got, and I have a lot of optimism with what I have, and I think A.J. is my catcher — hopefully he doesn’t get hurt. But I believe in him. He doesn’t have to worry about anything — not with me. ‘‘But when you start making comments about your contract and how long you’re going to be, when is your first day, when is your last day, I think it’s not necessary. But I’m not going to tell my players what to say when your manager says whatever he wants. I respect that. ... He’s my catcher until he gets traded or he’s not here anymore. As long as I’m here, I don’t see him why he’s not going to be my catcher.’’

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