Found May 11, 2013 on NESN.com:
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BOSTON — Junichi Tazawa hasn’t even had a save opportunity since being named the Red Sox’ temporary closer. Yet he’s already facing questions about his ability to handle the ninth-inning role. Tazawa, who was named Boston’s closer in the absence of Andrew Bailey and Joel Hanrahan, entered Saturday’s game in the ninth inning with the score tied 2-2. He quickly got ahead of the first batter he faced, Adam Lind, but one big mistake cost the Red Sox the ballgame. Tazawa hung a 2-2 slider that Lind blasted over the center-field wall. “There’s a pitch he didn’t execute and he paid for it. That’s a Major League Baseball game,” catcher David Ross said after Saturday’s 3-2 loss to the Blue Jays. “You’ve got to execute pitches and it’s one of those things that happens here and there. Taz has been doing a great job for us. He’s a really good pitcher. He’s one of our best. That’s why they chose to put him in the closer’s role while guys are out and it’s just one of those things.”
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