Olney: Sox/Cubs/Padres 'Blockbuster' In Works?

ESPN.com's Buster Olney reports that a three-team "blockbuster" deal may be in the works involving the Red Sox, Cubs and Padres. There is no specific scuttlebutt about who would be involved, but speculation is leaning toward: Koji Uehara and Tyson Ross going to the Cubs, Starlin Castro going to San Diego and Craig Kimbrel coming to Boston. Undoubtedly, several other pieces would...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Monday Links: Trade Deadline Week!

Photo credit: Kelly O’Connor Despite being dead and buried by the trade deadline last season, the Red Sox were still one of the most active teams on the trade market. With impending free agents and expiring contracts, like those of Jon Lester and John Lackey, Boston collected a cornucopia of interesting veteran players and prospects. With 4 moves, the Red Sox, who stood at 48...
Via Fire Brand AL
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Trout’s Heroics Against Red Sox Again Magnify Greatness For Angels

This embed is invalid" /> It’s tough being a Los Angeles Angels beat reporter nowadays, evident by the conundrum facing MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez immediately after Mike Trout launched a walk-off home run against Koji Uehara on Friday night to lift the Halos to a 1-0 win over the Boston Red Sox. I don't know what else to write about Mike Trout.— Alden Gonzalez...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Notes: Mike Trout Conquers Koji Uehara, Adds To Growing Legend

This embed is invalid" /> Mike Trout will get you sooner or later. The Boston Red Sox learned this Friday night when they contained Trout in his first three at-bats before the best player in Major League Baseball crushed a walk-off home run off Koji Uehara to lift the Los Angeles Angels to a 1-0 win at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Boston’s loss spoiled an excellent...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Tuesday Links: Bringing in late innings reliever would help a lot

Of all the shortcomings that the Red Sox have featured this season, the bullpen is arguably the biggest. This season Boston has used 14 relievers, who have combined to hold a 3.89 ERA in 284.1 innings pitched, which rank 22nd and 6th in the MLB respectively. While Boston’s shaky starting staff has taxed the pen to this point, their time spent on the mound has not resulted in a...
Via Fire Brand AL
16 days ago  |  Discuss

At The Break: The State Of Your Boston Red Sox

While they have won 10 of their last 15 games, it's hard to get too excited about the 2015 Carmine Hose. At the All-Star Break, they are still in last place in the turgid American League East. And, while they are a hell of a lot closer to first place than they were a few weeks ago (6.5 games), they still have to climb over four teams to get to the top of the pack. Moreover, they...
Via FenwayNation
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Notes: Travis Shaw Breaks Out; Koji Uehara Joins Exclusive Club

BOSTON — Don’t count these Red Sox out just yet. After falling as many as 10 games back in the American League East, Boston has mounted a furious pre-All-Star break rally, scoring wins in seven of their last nine games to pull to within five games of the first-place New York Yankees in the division standings. The Red Sox knocked off the visiting Miami Marlins 4-3 on Tuesday,...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Tuesday Links: Red Sox could use a bullpen arm

Photo credit: Kelly O’Connor With just four weeks to go until the July 31st trade deadline, the Red Sox find themselves in a strange position. After winning seven of their last 10 games, Boston currently sits six games back of the first place New York Yankees, despite still being in the basement of the American League East. Boston’s shortcomings this season have been well documented...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Wrap: Koji Uehara Saves The Day In Red Sox’s 4-3 Win Vs. Blue Jays

The Boston Red Sox brought it down to the wire, but they had just enough to earn a 4-3 win — their third straight — against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday. It wasn’t a pretty win by any means, but the Red Sox definitely are trending upward after taking the first two games in Toronto, as well as four of the five games on their current road trip. All of those wins come against...
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June 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Uehara Is FenwayNation's May Player O' Month

(Getty Images)It may seem odd that we are awarding Player Of The Month to the guy who just blew a save on the last day of that month. First of all, a tighter ninth-inning defense would probably have delivered a win for Boston. Second, in the otherwise dismal month of May, our closer was a shining beacon of optimism. Even with yesterday's blown save, Uehara got six saves in seven...
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June 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Top Performers In the Month of May

View image | gettyimages.com 1. Koji Uehara The Red Sox late inning man has quite possibly been the Red Sox’s best and most consistent player this season.  This might not be the night to be writing this as he just had a blown save, even though it wasn’t his fault. Uehara has a 1.76 ERA on the season and had an ERA under one during the month of May. Uehara also registered...
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June 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara Deserved Better From Red Sox In Stunning Loss To Rangers (Video)

The Boston Red Sox lost a stunner, 4-3, to the Texas Rangers on Sunday. Closer Koji Uehara will take both the blown save and the loss in the books, but to say Sunday’s disaster wasn’t his fault is an understatement. Ever the team player, though, Uehara shouldered the blame for allowing the Rangers to score the game-tying and game-winning runs with...
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June 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Notes: Pablo Sandoval, Koji Uehara Accept Blame For Tough Loss

This embed is invalid" /> One out was all that separated the Boston Red Sox from a more pleasant flight home. While the Red Sox surely wouldn’t have been pleased with their seven-game road trip regardless of Sunday’s result, a 4-3, walk-off loss to the Texas Rangers in the teams’ series finale at Globe Life Park definitely compounded Boston...
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May 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Bullpen

On a team of inconsistency, the one constant has been the Red Sox bullpen. The five prime relievers (according to BaseballReference.com) are Koji Uehara, Craig Breslow, Junichi Tazawa, Alexi Ogando, and Tommy Layne. Let’s look at their stats. Through Tuesday, the group had a 2.25 ERA (the team’s was 4.51) with a 3.21 strikeout/walk ratio and a fine 1.05 WHIP. Uehara led...
Via Fenway West
May 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox’s So-So Road Trip Yields Mixed Bag Of Improvement, Frustration

This embed is invalid" /> That was interesting. The Red Sox began their 10-game road trip against the Toronto Blue Jays, Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners sitting two games under .500 (13-15). They’ll return home to Fenway Park in the same state (18-20), as Boston went 5-5 during the excursion, which ended Sunday with a 5-0 loss at Safeco Field...
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May 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Another Strong Start, Another Sox Win

The Red Sox headed to Seattle to face off against the Mariners in a 4 game series to finish off their west coast stretch.  The Sox had Joe Kelly on the mound who struggled mightily in his last start.  Kelly would not end up with the win, but he sure had himself a nice outing.  The Sox were able to get the go ahead run in the 9th inning and Koji Uehara did his magic and brought...
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May 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara’s Fastball Use, Command Is Major Key To Closer’s Success

It wasn’t yet time to go into full panic mode about Koji Uehara, but things certainly appeared to be heading in that direction. The Boston Red Sox closer looked downright bad over the weekend in Baltimore. He allowed two runs on four hits in 1 1/3 innings of work, including a blown save and a loss Saturday night. Even on Friday night in a save against...
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April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Is closing time still Koji Time? Hard to say.

Conor Frederick (@C_Frederick1016)Contributing WriterKoji Uehara had a rough time of it when he blew his first save of the season last night against the Baltimore Orioles. He didn't get much help from his defense (Allen Craig failed to make a diving catch in right field that allowed Adam Jones to reach 3rd), but the velocity on his splitter only clocked in at 76 last night, which...
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April 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara Gives Up Two Runs In Tenth in 5-4 Loss To O's

Just when it looked like the Red Sox were going to make an improbable comeback, the Orioles snatched it away in extra innings.
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April 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara Says His Arm Strength Is Finally Back To Normal (Video)

Koji Uehara has been very good since coming off the disabled list April 13, so it may come as a surprise that he’s only now really starting to feel better. Uehara spoke with The Boston Globe’s Peter Abraham before Saturday’s game in Baltimore, and the two talked about some of the nuances of Uehara’s pitch selection thus far. The 40-year-old closer...
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April 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara Has Been Great, But Can He Keep It Up All Season? (Video)

Amid serious struggles from the starting rotation, the Boston Red Sox’s bullpen has been a bright spot. As a whole, Red Sox relievers have combined for a 2.45 ERA, good for fourth in the American League. Closer Koji Uehara has been a big part of the group’s success on the back end, but despite his performance NESN’s Dennis Eckersley and Steve Lyons...
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April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara’s Extreme Splitter Usage

As noted in Sunday’s column, Koji Uehara has thrown 24 pitches this season, and 21 of them have been splitters. Even for a two-game sample, that’s pretty extreme. Only one other pitcher – Red Sox teammate Edward Mujica (57.6%) – has thrown a splitter with more than 50% frequency in the early going. Last year’s […]
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April 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara Off To Strong Start Despite Injury Concerns, Age (Video)

Koji Uehara was a big part of the Boston Red Sox’s World Series win in 2013, but there was reason to doubt the pitcher’s abilities entering the 2015 season. Boston’s closer was not his usual lights-out self at the end of last season, and a hamstring injury put him out for much of spring training into the beginning of the regular season. And after...
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April 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Japanese Media Celebrate Uehara And Tazawa

(Associated Press Photo)After last night's 3-2 walk-off win by the Red Sox, The Japanese News celebrated the key roles played by both Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara. The right-handed relievers delivered back-to-back clean innings at the end of the contest—setting up the game-winning celebration after the bloop RBI by Xander Bogaerts. Uehara picked up the win in the 3-2 victory...
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April 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara Survives Scare In Return To Red Sox Vs. Nationals (Video)

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — Darude’s “Sandstorm” blared out of the loudspeakers, the Fenway Park crowd erupted and No. 19 ran in from the Red Sox’s bullpen. Koji Uehara returned to his ninth-inning post Tuesday and recorded the final three outs in an 8-7 win over the Washington Nationals, albeit with a scare. Uehara, who started the...
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April 14, 2015  |  Discuss
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