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POLL: Xander Clear Leader For Sox ASG Spot

Very early voting in our latest FenwayNation Poll indicates that readers think Xander Bogaerts is the clear choice to be Boston's All-Star Game reserve. As the chart shows, more than seven in ten (73%) pick the 22-year shortstop, followed distantly by Brock Holt (18%) and Hanley Ramirez (9%). No votes have yet been cast for Clay Buchholz or Koji Uehara. You can still vote in the poll HERE.
Via FenwayNation
5 hours 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...
Via NESN.com
5 days ago  |  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...
Via FenwayNation
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...
Via TopSportsReport
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...
Via NESN.com
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...
Via NESN.com
May 31, 2015  |  Discuss

John Farrell’s Ninth-Inning Decision Backfires In Red Sox’s Tough Loss

There will be no pit stop in Vegas for these Boston Red Sox. Too many tough beats. The Red Sox return home Monday following a brutal road trip through Minnesota and Texas in which Boston went 1-6. The excursion ended Sunday with a 4-3, walk-off loss to the Rangers that culminated with manager John Farrell unsuccessfully (and understandably) gambling in the ninth inning. Koji Uehara...
Via NESN.com
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...
Via NESN.com
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...
Via Fenway West
May 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Seek to Rebound in 2015

After last year's disastrous performance, the only place for the Boston Red Sox to go in 2015 is up. 2014 saw the Sox hit rock bottom as they finished the season in dead last for the American League East Division.The current season started with high hopes for the team after the folks from Fenway spent over a quarter-billion dollars to bolster the BoSox during the offseason. The desperately...
Via RedSoxLife
May 08, 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...
Via NESN.com
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...
Via RedSoxLife
April 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Orioles Walk Off in the 10th to Beat Sox

The game yesterday was a surreal event.  The Sox and the Orioles were facing off inside Camden Yards while there was a constantly present protest against police violence going on outside.  Both teams said that they heard helicopters throughout the game and at one point Baltimore police was asking fans to remain in the park.  As for the baseball game, Justin Masterson took the...
Via Fenway West
April 26, 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.
Via CLNS Radio
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...
Via NESN.com
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...
Via NESN.com
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 […]
Via Fangraphs
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...
Via NESN.com
April 19, 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...
Via NESN.com
April 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara Returns To Red Sox, Says Hamstring ‘No Problem At All’

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — Koji Uehara didn’t circle the Red Sox’s home opener on his calendar. It just worked out this way. The Red Sox activated Uehara from the 15-day disabled list before Monday’s home opener against the Washington Nationals at Fenway Park. Left-handed reliever Tommy Layne was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket to make...
Via NESN.com
April 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara Expected To Be Activated From DL For Red Sox Home Opener

It looks as though the Boston Red Sox won’t have to wait much longer for their closer to return. The club expects Koji Uehara to be activated from the 15-day disabled list before Monday’s home opener against the Washington Nationals, manager John Farrell told the Boston Herald’s Jason Mastrodonato on Sunday. Uehara has been rehabbing from a hamstring...
Via NESN.com
April 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara Could Return For Red Sox’s Home Opener At Fenway Park

This embed is invalid" /> NEW YORK — The ninth inning could belong to Koji Uehara on Opening Day at Fenway Park. The Red Sox have not ruled out Uehara potentially returning for Monday’s home opener in Boston, manager John Farrell said before Friday’s game against the Yankees in the Bronx. Uehara, who has been dealing with a hamstring injury,...
Via NESN.com
April 10, 2015  |  Discuss

David Ortiz Wishes Koji Uehara Happy Birthday, Calls Him Old (Photos)

Koji Uehara celebrated his birthday Friday, and David Ortiz was quick to point out how old the pitcher is. The Boston Red Sox closer is 40, making him the oldest guy on the team. Ortiz, who doesn’t turn the big four-oh until November 18, posted not one, but two photos to Instagram wishing Uehara a happy birthday while reveling in the fact that he...
Via NESN.com
April 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox: Kelly and Uehara start season on DL

The injury bug strikes early for the Boston Red Sox, as you may already know catcher Christian Vazquez will miss the 2015 season with Tommy John surgery, and now two key pitchers in Joe Kelly and Koji Uehara will start the 2015 season on the 15-day disabled list.
Via CLNS Radio
April 03, 2015  |  Discuss
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