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“Those who pay attention to the game know he’s a very valuable and very competent reliever,” Sox manager John Farrell said. “He’s got his own style; he’s got a lot of deception. If you must measure it out in terms of the radar gun, it’s average velocity. His deception, his command, is outstanding.”
The Red Sox want to use Uehara as a late-inning setup man, somebody who can pitch the entire seventh or eighth inning.
“When you look at strikeout ability, can attack lefties and righties. He’s not a situational righthander by any means,” Farrell said.
Uehara will turn 38 in April and the Red Sox plan to be cautious in not overusing him. Although his statistics do not reflect that, the Sox feel Uehara will benefit from not pitching on back-to-back days.
“You look back on his usage, that’s when he seems to have his best outings,” Farrell said. “Coming in to start an inning, work his way through any traffic if it does emerge inside a given inning. Not to say that he can’t pitch on back-to-back days. But when he’s been used every other day type of approach, he’s been really good.”
Globe: Uehara a good fit
I have been harping a lot this off season about how good this bullpen is and it really started when the Sox signed Uehara. He's just that damn good. If you don't believe me just look at the stats over the last two seasons:
102 Games (101 Innings), 2.13 ERA, 128 K, 12 BB, 58 H, WHIP 0.693
Now granted he's been limited due to injuries, but when you average a WHIP of 0.693 over two seasons, you must be doing something right. His splitter is filthy and I'm 99.9% positive that Jerry Remy will try and give that pitch a nickname this season. (It won't trump the Okie Dokie, but that's... well that's okie dokie by me.)
The way Farrell describes his plan on dispatching Uehara is perfect. Let him go out there every other day and throw an inning or more and let him rest. The Sox have that luxury of having so many quality arms in the bullpen that they don't need to throw him out there every day and let him come back dominant the next time.
Boston fans are going to fall in love with this guy. I can already hear the "Lets Go Koji!" chant while he's trying to finish off the Yankees in a tightly contested game. He's going to be a treat to watch this year.
Rest of the Links: Globe: Westmoreland retires | How good will Ortiz be? | Herald:So far, so good from top 3 | Sox pitchers share their initial war stories | Westmoreland forced to call it quits | CSNNE: Bailey is in a good place | Wright 'happy' to be working with Wakefield on knuckleball | WEEI: Westmoreland got dealt a bad hand | Lester goes four innings, continues to impress | Sox prospect Westmoreland retires at 22 |
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New Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford continues to comment on his time with the Red Sox, saying "That media was the worst thing I've ever experienced in my life."
The Red Sox hoped David Ortiz would wake up today and pass his medical staff's running exam. While he did some light jogging, Ortiz mentioned that he still felt some pain associated with his lower leg. How did he feel?
I don’t think I can play like that.If it gets better and it doesn’t bother me that much, yes, I’ll probably be able to deal with it.
The next logical question...
Prepare yourself Red Sox Nation John Lackey has had a great start already this spring training. On Tuesday against the Puerto Rico team Lackey threw 3 shutout innings to start the game. He struck out 2 and only gave up 3 hits in his outing. Lackey is performing well seeing as this is his third start back from Tommy John surgery. When asked about the outing he said I felt really good...
Mike Carp is with the Red Sox, but his trade counterpart has yet to be named for the Mariners.
Now, it appears likely that Carp will end up having been traded for cash considerations, according to the Providence Journal’s Brian MacPherson. Additionally, Boston and Seattle are aiming to complete the trade by the end of March.
In the original deal, Carp was acquired by the Sox in...
Both Drake Britton and the Red Sox understand the severity of the left-hander’s recent DUI arrest. And while neither side has commented much on the matter, it’s obvious Britton feels a great deal of regret.
“I’m extremely remorseful,” Britton said. “It’s an internal matter that’s going on right now. I’m sorry for the negativity that I brought, but that’s about...
Ryan Westmoreland has reached the end of his baseball road, adding the latest chapter to one of the saddest stories in recent Red Sox history.
The former Sox prospect announced his retirement Wednesday in an email to several media members, according to the Providence Journal.
“With a clear mind and heart, as well as the unwavering support and friendship of my family, friends, agent...
Outfielder Ryan Westmoreland, a Rhode Island native once considered the top prospect in the Red Sox organization, announced his retirement from baseball on Wednesday.
Westmoreland, 22, has undergone two brain surgeries in the last three years (his most recent came last July) to correct a cavernous malformation.
In a pretty heartbreaking email sent to sent to several media outlets...
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Mike Napoli hit a three-run homer for Boston, Clay Buchholz overcame leg soreness to pitch three scoreless innings and the Red Sox beat a split squad of Minnesota Twins 12-5 on Thursday.
Buchholz, who aggravated a hamstring muscle on the first day of spring training, struck out four with two hits and no walks in his second preseason start. Reliever Daniel...
The Red Sox’ bullpen is expected to be one of the team’s strengths this season, but don’t say the Sox have too many arms down there.
Craig Breslow, who arrived at spring training with weakness in his left shoulder, is likely to start the season on the disabled list, according to manager John Farrell.
Breslow recently started throwing on flat ground, but he hasn’t thrown off...
After taking a 2-0 lead in the Mayor's Cup yesterday, the Boston Red Sox will host the Minnesota Twins in game 3 of the cup tonight at JetBlue Park at Fenway South.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. and the game will be broadcast live on NESN in the Red Sox television market. If you live in the WEEI listening area, you can listen to the game there as well. Audio will...
After falling to Pittsburgh Pirates yesterday, the Boston Red Sox make the short trip across Ft. Myers for Game 2 of the Mayor's Cup. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.
There is no television or radio for the game in the Boston area. However, if you have the MLB At-Bat app or GameDay audio, you can listen to the Twins radio broadcast.
This is isn’t necessarily a sports story more or less but a story of life here and now. It happens way too often, in my town, your town in everytown. If you don’t believe me, read your police blog in your local paper, every day, or every week. This story was in the sport section but again could easliy be in your local section of the newspaper. I took this striaght from the sports...
Tom Borland, the MVP of the 1955 College World Series who later briefly pitched for the Boston Red Sox, has died. He was 80.
Oklahoma State said Borland died during the weekend.
Borland was a left-handed pitcher at Oklahoma A&M, now known as Oklahoma State, during its College World Series appearances in 1954 and 1955. He went 19-2 with 271 strikeouts at the school. He was 11...