The Red Sox Need To Use Tommy Layne, And Their Bullpen, Correctly

As the Boston Red Sox have remodeled their bullpen this offseason, the LOOGY ((L)eft-handed (O)ne (O)ut (G)u(Y)) role has not yet been filled. It’s a small role, but one every successful bullpen needs to fill if they hope to hold leads and limit baserunners late in games. The truth is though, the role should already be filled with someone who has been around since the start of...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

On the Red Sox’s Core, Youth, Farm System and Parentheses

As we sit on the cusp of spring training and beyond it, the 2016 season, the Red Sox face an interesting roster composition. Of the players projected to be on the team’s 25-man roster when the season begins, 10 are veteran players on multi-year deals with two or more seasons remaining in those contracts. Twelve are players in either the pre-arbitration process or entering their...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

In the memory of Yo-Yo Arroyo and QuanGoMo: What should the Yankees name their three-headed bullpen hydra?

Yesterday, outposts across the Yankiverse declared a moment of silence to recall the Original Mariano, a portly Cuban screwballer named Luis "Yo-Yo" Arroyo, who died of cancer at age 88. In 1961, Luis Arroyo showed boomer NY fans what it was like to have a pitcher who could literally reduce the number of innings in a game. Arroyo was the First Coming of Mariano; he arrived before...

Appreciating the Quietly Dominant Koji Uehara

As the Red Sox look to rebound from their third last-place finish in their last four years, there are going to be a lot of story lines around the team. None will come close to the impending retirement of David Ortiz. He is one of the true legends in the franchise’s history, and his announcement that 2016 will be his final season changed everything about the year to come. He...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Dave Dombrowski and Building a Dominant Bullpen

It’s an interesting thing in life when we can look at someone’s behavior and immediately identify its causes based on what we know of their past. Like when an actor tries to do a serious movie because they’ve only been seen as a comedian, or when a guy hits 40 and rushes out to by that ’86 Firebird he’d wanted since he was 11. These things are easy to diagnose, no degree...
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December 08, 2015  |  Discuss

The Wind Up: Let’s Make a Deal

Major League Baseball’s occupants have wasted little time this past week in making offseason waves. We’ve got three trades to discuss, a couple of notable surgeries, and what resulted from 20 extended qualifying offers. We’re just getting started, friends. Kimbrel Finds a New Home It looks like Koji Uehara is set to become the odd man out in Boston’s bullpen, unless the...
Via The Sports Post
November 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Craig Kimbrel and Koji Uehara to rumble for closer role

Koji Uehara (The Associated Press)Eric D. Schabell Contributing Writer The ink was not even dried yet on closer Craig Kimbrel's shiny new Boston Red Sox contract after being traded by the Padres, when manager John Farrell jumped on a call with Koji Uehara.The first thing Farrell asked was if Uehara would return to the setup role he held back at the start of his tenure with the Red...
Via RedSoxLife
November 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara Learns How To Throw Football Thanks To Eli Manning (Video)

Koji Uehara is known for his devastating splitter on the mound. But throwing a football? Not so much. At least that was the case until Thursday, when the Boston Red Sox closer visited the New York Giants’ locker room for some impromptu throwing lessons from quarterback Eli Manning. Look at that spiral. But as Manning points out in the video, Uehara probably still throws a baseball...
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November 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Bullpen Offseason Outlook: Relief Unit Filled With Uncertainty

Building a formidable bullpen is difficult, tedious and often requires some luck. There’s so much year-to-year volatility with relievers that an awful bullpen one season can become a strong unit the next, and vice versa. The importance of finding the right mix of arms is especially vital nowadays, however, which makes this offseason interesting for the Boston Red Sox. Red Sox...
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October 14, 2015  |  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,”...
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August 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Junichi Tazawa Continues To Do Well At Closer With Koji Uehara Injured (Video)

The Boston Red Sox have won three games in a row, and the last two were closed out by Junichi Tazawa. Tazawa has been filling in for Koji Uehara at closer ever since he went down with a right wrist fracture. Tazawa had a 1.80 ERA and a .176 opponent’s batting average in his last five outings. “Junichi Tazawa has really done a good job for the Red Sox filling in for Koji Uehara...
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August 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara Tweets Photo Of Cast Signed By Boston Red Sox Teammates

This embed is invalid" /> Koji Uehara is in good spirits. That probably qualifies as the least shocking news of the Boston Red Sox’s 2015 season — Uehara always seems to be in good spirits — but the injured closer hopped on Twitter after Thursday’s win over the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park to show off his cast. It’s signed by his Red Sox teammates...
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August 21, 2015  |  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...
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August 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox closer Koji Uehara to miss remainder of 2015 season

BOSTON — A lost season for the Boston Red Sox got even uglier on Monday as Koji Uehara’s season came to an end due to a broken wrist suffered in Sunday’s game against the Detroit Tigers. Uehara was hit by an Ian Kinsler line drive attempting to make the final out of Sunday’s 7-2 win. Although he was able to finish off the play, Uehara was clearly in pain. Initial X-rays came...
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August 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara Out For Season With Fractured Wrist

After getting struck by a line drive at the end of Friday night's game against the Tigers, Red Sox closer Koji Uehara joked that the worst thing that would come of his injury would be that he couldn't drink beer.
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August 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara to miss rest of season

The Boston Red Sox‘ season has not gone according to script at all.  They are now going to have to finish the season without their top reliever in the bullpen.  Veteran right-handed closer Koji Uehara will be out for the rest of the season with a fractured wrist per reports.   The veteran closer was struck by a batted ball last Friday night.  His injury was originally diagnosed...
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August 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox closer Uehara out for season

BOSTON (AP) Boston Red Sox closer Koji Uehara will miss the rest of the season with a broken right wrist. Uehara was hit by a line drive in Friday night's game against the Detroit Tigers. He was diagnosed with a broken bone, and the team said on Monday he will be placed on the disabled list. The Red Sox said he is expected to make a full recovery. Uehara was the closer for Boston...
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August 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara To Miss Rest Of Red Sox’s Season With Right Wrist Fracture

The Boston Red Sox are out a closer for the remainder of the 2015 season. The team announced Monday that Koji Uehara would hit the disabled list for the rest of the year after being diagnosed with a non-displaced distal radius fracture in his right wrist. He’s expected to make a full recovery. X-rays taken Friday came back negative, but Uehara underwent a CAT scan Sunday after...
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August 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Notes: Henry Owens Earns First Win For Sox; Koji Uehara Sent Home

The future of Boston Red Sox baseball looked bright Sunday in Detroit. 25-year-old Jackie Bradley Jr. and 23-year-old Henry Owens were the standouts in the Red Sox’s 7-2 win over the Tigers, with Bradley going off both offensively and in center field and Owens showing some growing pains but doing enough to earn the first victory of his major league career. Owens’ outing lasted...
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August 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Closer Koji Uehara To Undergo CAT Scan On Injured Wrist

Additional tests are forthcoming for Koji Uehara after the Boston Red Sox closer took a line drive off the right wrist during Friday’s win over the Detroit Tigers. X-rays on the wrist came back negative, but manager John Farrell said Uehara would undergo a CAT scan on the affected area Sunday. “As the swelling has gone down, just to rule anything out, so it’ll be a CAT scan...
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August 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara Tweets Picture Of Wrist, Most Upset He Can’t Drink Beer (Photos)

As if we needed another reason to love Koji Uehara, the Boston Red Sox closer provided us with one for the ages Friday night. Uehara put a scare into everyone at the end of Friday’s 7-2 win over the Detroit Tigers, when his last pitch of the game was hit right back at him on a scorcher from Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler. Uehara was in obvious pain, but X-rays fortunately came...
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August 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Closer Koji Uehara Takes Line Drive Off Wrist; X-Rays Negative

Koji Uehara’s 25th save of the season came at a cost. The Boston Red Sox closer put the finishing touches on Friday’s 7-2 win over the Detroit Tigers, but the final batter of the game, Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler, drilled him in the wrist with a line drive. Uehara was able to gather the ball and throw to first for the final out, but appeared to be in considerable pain...
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August 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Jean Machi- Help for the Bullpen? Part 1

James Loney’s single scored the winning run as the Red Sox fell 4-3 to Tampa Bay on Sunday. The loss was the latest subpar performance by the overworked Sox bullpen. Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara both have 2-4 records and a combined ERA of 2.76, a high one for relief pitchers. Each also has two blown saves. Craig Breslow, Alexei Ogando, Craig Breslow and Robbie Ross Jr have even...
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August 04, 2015  |  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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July 18, 2015  |  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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July 08, 2015  |  Discuss
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