A.J. Pierzynski has a reputation of being a player you hate to play against, but love as a teammate. Well newly acquired Jesse Crain is going to find out just how true that really is.

“We’ve been getting along pretty well,” Crain said. “I’ve faced him a bunch. I think he has respect for me, just because, obviously we’ve faced each other a bunch of times, and we both came from the Twins organization.”

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Crain and Pierzynski will have to do more than just get along in the clubhouse, they’ll have to work together when Crain comes out of the bullpen. And it doesn’t look like that will be much of a problem.

“I’m excited to throw to him back there,” Crain said. “He’s learned a lot back there, he’s a veteran guy and I think he can make me better also.”

Crain and Pierzynski will have their first opportunity to work with each other on Friday, when the White Sox open their season in Cleveland.

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