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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 […]
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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...
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January 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Junichi Tazawa could be the ace the Red Sox have been searching for

If you look closely to the Red Sox pitching staff you could find one hidden gem, without much fanfare. 26 year old Junichi Tazawa is now three years removed from Tommy John surgery, and maybe he is the ace the Sox have been searching for. Back in 2007 Craig Shipley and Jon Dibble of the Red Sox were the first scouts to see Tazawa in an industrial league in Japan. One game  they...
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February 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Junichi Tazawa Provides Consistent Relief in Final Series to Take Home Final Amica Pitcher of the Week Award

The dust has settled on the 2012 Boston Red Sox season and following a three-game series with the Yankees that saw the Sox get outscored 28-7, it is one of the Sox' relievers who earns this week's recognition. Junichi Tazawa has been one of the Red Sox' best relievers out of the bullpen in 2012 and his performance this past week was exactly what they needed. Appearing...
October 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Junichi Tazawa Carries Red Sox in Relief, Earning Him Amica Pitcher of Week Honors

The Red Sox haven't had tons of bright spots as they regroup and look toward the future, but one area the team can be proud of is its relief staff. Junichi Tazawa in particular has been strong for the Sox over the recent stretch, posting several scoreless innings to help Boston collect some much-needed wins. Tazawa was especially good this week, appearing three times altogether...
September 15, 2012  |  Discuss

Junichi Tazawa Has Evolved Into Reliable Reliever After Long Road From Tommy John Surgery

BOSTON -- Junichi Tazawa just wanted his health back. After missing the 2010 season and the majority of 2011 -- as a result of Tommy John surgery -- Tazawa entered spring training this season hoping to last a full year without any setbacks. He's received his wish and much more. Despite a few trips between Boston and Pawtucket, Tazawa has developed into a key piece of the Red...
September 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Memorabilia Monday: A Far East Autographed Mini Bat – Junichi Tazawa

I got the chance to bust some product recently for my birthday and decided to give 2010 Just Minors Mystery Mini Bats a shot. The product boasts a nice checklist and comes with one signed mini bat. I pulled a bat signed by Red Sox prospect Junichi Tazawa, one of the many Japanese players to
August 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Sox send Tazawa down to minors

Even though Junichi Tazawa did not give up any runs in the 6 1/3 innings of relief he worked for the Boston Red Sox this season, he was sent down to Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday, when the Red Sox recalled shortstop Jose Iglesias from Pawtucket. Iglesias, 22, is 2-for-6 in 10 career Major League games, all with the Red Sox last season. He was batting .200 for Pawtucket this...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 01, 2012  |  Discuss
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