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Junichi Tazawa – Possible Closer?

Junichi Tazawa #36 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the game at Fenway Park on September 10, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images) Even before the injury that will cause closer Koji Uehara to start the year on the disabled list, the Red Sox closer situation was unsettled. Edward Mujica, who was brought in last year...
Via Fenway West
April 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Rick Porcello, Junichi Tazawa Agree To One-Year Contracts With Red Sox

A new addition and a familiar face will be on the Boston Red Sox’s roster in 2015. The Red Sox agreed to terms on one-year, non-guaranteed contracts with starting pitcher Rick Porcello and reliever Junichi Tazawa on Friday night. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington made the announcement but did not disclose financial details. Boston acquired Porcello...
January 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox And Junichi Tazawa Settle On Contract

One of the true bright lights of the Boston bullpen—Junichi Tazawa—avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.25 million contract with the Red Sox. Tazawa—a homegrown Red Sox product—has come into his own in the last few seasons, becoming a reliable set-up man for The Carmine Hose. The 28-year old righty posted a 2.86 ERA in 2014—hurling 63 innings. Over the last...
Via FenwayNation
January 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Tender Contracts To Nava And Tazawa

Tazawa (L), Nava (R)On Tuesday, the Red Sox tendered contracts to OF Daniel Nava and P Junichi Tazawa. They did not tender a contract to recently acquired IF Juan Francisco and designated him for assignment. Nava—a versatile contributor—hit .270 with four HRs in 113 2014 games for Boston. Tazawa was stellar out of the bullpen last year, posting a 2.86 ERA in 63 innings pitched—with...
Via FenwayNation
December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Junichi Tazawa Taking Pride In Being Shutdown Reliever With Red Sox

Being a middle reliever/setup man often is thankless. Some bullpen stalwarts, like Junichi Tazawa, are OK with that reality. Tazawa, who has been a key cog in the Boston Red Sox’s bullpen the last three seasons, takes pride in his work. The right-hander might not know whether he’s going to pitch the sixth, seventh or eighth inning on a given day, but he can rest assured he...
October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Sunday Notes: Tazawa’s Role, Perkins’ Bullets, Butler, Buck, Baseball Americana

Junichi Tazawa is satisfied with his current role. Sort of. The 28-year-old set-up specialist would rather start or close, but he’s comforted by the knowledge that outs in the seventh and eighth innings can be every bit as valuable as outs in the ninth. And he gets a lot of them. Tazawa made 71 appearances […]
Via Fangraphs
October 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Junichi Tazawa’s Rough Outing Among Trends Continued In Red Sox’s Loss

The list of certainties in life keeps evolving. Marcus Stroman shutting down the Boston Red Sox, Junichi Tazawa flopping against the Toronto Blue Jays and Joe Kelly walking away as a hard-luck loser represent three key additions to a list previously comprised of only death and taxes. The Blue Jays avoided a three-game sweep Wednesday with a 5-2 win over the Red Sox at Rogers Centre...
August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox 2014 Preview: Bullpen

Boston Red Sox 2014 Preview: BullpenThe Red Sox bullpen situation was nothing short of crazy last season, but it worked out for the best. With some new faces added to the mix, spring training will surely be a battle ground for the final bullpen spots. Longshots Drake Britton, Francisco Cordero, Rich Hill All three players could see time at the big league level later in the season...
March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara, Junichi Tazawa & 'Sweet Caroline'

Red Sox Photo Via TWITTERThe meeting between World Series champions Koji Uehara, Junichi Tazawa and US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy took place Tuesday. Kennedy—the daughter of President John F. Kennedy and the inspiration for the Fenway anthem 'Sweet Caroline'—posed with the 2103 World Series trophy. Said Kennedy, "This is a great event. Last fall's victory would not...
Via FenwayNation
January 21, 2014  |  Discuss

WS Trophy To Visit 'Sweet Caroline' In Japan

(AP / Elise Amendola)Today through Wednesday, the 2013 World Series trophy will be on display in Japan—accompanied by Red Sox relievers Kojji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa. On Tuesday, Uehara and Tazawa will visit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe and—along with Wally The Green Monster—present Abe with a Red Sox jersey. Later, the trophy will be at a reception held by U...
Via FenwayNation
January 20, 2014  |  Discuss

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