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Junichi Tazawa- Not a Closer

“It’s a learning experience for (Tazawa)—-he’s going to be better off for this moment”, Red Sox interim manager Tony Lovullo was quoted as saying . I can’t agree. Sunday’s implosion against Kansas City made his record 2-6 with a 3.74 ERA (high for a relief pitcher). His WHIP has risen to 1.128. Amazingly, he has blown 6 saves out of 8 chances. Who can replace...
Via Fenway West
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox’s Junichi Tazawa Remains At Closer Despite Struggles Vs. Royals (Video)

Even though Junichi Tazawa blew a save opportunity against the Kansas City Royals on Sunday, the Boston Red Sox plan to keep him at closer. Tazawa, who excelled in the set-up role, moved to closer after Koji Uehara suffered a season-ending injury. And even though he has struggled at times in his new role, the job remains his. “We want to give him the ball in the ninth inning,”...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 125 Preview: Red Sox at White Sox

The Red Sox bullpen once again was exposed yesterday, and Junichi Tazawa was the main culprit this time around. On the verge of winning their third straight series and more importantly taking 3 of 4 from the AL leading Royals, the Sox couldn't hold down a 2 run lead in the 9th. It's a problem that has persisted over the 2nd half of the season and without Koji time in the 9th, it...
Via RedSoxLife
3 days ago  |  Discuss

'Vanillas In The Mist', Red Sox Lose Two Leads, Fall, 8-6

(Getty Images)It was a rainy, extremely wacky loss at Fenway Park today. Up by two runs in the ninth, the Red Sox pulled off one of the oddest plays in years—turning a misplayed wall triple into an inside-the-park-out-at home. That was the first out. Then Junichi Tazawa pitched like he was in the Little League World Series, giving up four earned runs on six hits. Lead gone, Sox...
Via FenwayNation
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Recap - Tazawa blows the save, Sox drop the finale

Ian Vescera (@Ian_Vescera)Contributing WriterThe Royals came from behind to beat the Red Sox 8-6 on a soggy afternoon from Fenway Park. Eduardo Rodriguez (pictured) started for Boston and went 6 innings allowing 4 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits. The Sox were in business early as Jackie Bradley Jr. doubled to plate the game's first run in the 2nd inning. It was followed by an RBI single...
Via RedSoxLife
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox Fall in Ninth 8-6 to Royals

Although Boston held a two run lead in the top of the ninth inning, newly appointed closer Junichi Tazawa surrendered four runs to Kansas City as the Royals tied the series at two games.
Via CLNS Radio
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox’s Closer Situation Uncertain As Ever After Junichi Tazawa’s Blown Save

Who will replace Koji Uehara at the back end of Boston’s bullpen? After Tuesday night’s implosion in Miami, the Red Sox are no closer to answering that question than they were when an Ian Kinsler line drive ended Uehara’s season last Friday. Six relievers teamed up to blow a four-run lead in an eventual 5-4 loss to the Miami Marlins, and the first applicant for Uehara’s...
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Machi, Not Kelly Or Tazawa, To Be New Red Sox Closer

Machi (Getty Images)Newly-acquired Jean Machi—who has a grand total of three career saves—has been named Boston's new closer by manager John Farrell. So far for the Red Sox, Machi has an underwhelming 7.36 ERA in 3.2 innings of work. Sounds like a closer to us! Junichi Tazawa, who (until very recently) has been effective as an 8th-inning "set-up" guy will stay in that role. In...
Via FenwayNation
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Notes: Junichi Tazawa’s Implosion Ends Boston’s Brief Momentum

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — The Red Sox’s bullpen let one slip away. Junichi Tazawa surrendered two runs on three hits in the eighth inning Sunday as the Red Sox blew a lead and suffered a 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park. The defeat snapped a three-game winning streak for Boston, which now goes on an eight-game road trip. The close contest...
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Junichi Tazawa’s Absence Hurts Boston Red Sox In Momentum-Killing Loss

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — Junichi Tazawa was unavailable. That explains a lot. Tazawa’s absence from the Red Sox’s series opener against the Houston Astros at Fenway Park raised eyebrows, as Boston sure could have used the reliable right-handed reliever in its 12-8, extra-inning loss. But while there were two situations — the eighth inning and...
July 04, 2015  |  Discuss

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