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The Republican Aug 29, 2015
Boston Red Sox Injury Updates: David Ortiz available, Junichi Tazawa, Hanley Ramirez out against New York Mets

Boston Red Sox Injury Updates: David Ortiz available, Junichi Tazawa, Hanley Ramirez out against New York Mets

David Ortiz is available to pinch hit on Saturday, while reliever Junichi Tazawa and outfielder Hanley Ramirez will not play during the Boston Red Sox' game against the New York Mets at Citi Field.
Over the Monster Aug 26, 2015

How worried should the Red Sox be about Junichi Tazawa?

Junichi Tazawa has been really bad lately. Should we worry about his production in 2016? I’m about as big of a Junichi Tazawa fan as there is in the world. Since I’m about to write a whole bunch of words about him and his future, I think it’s necessary to get that out of the way. For a long time now (or at least since 2012), he has been one of the best relievers in all of baseball. If you’ve been paying attention, you know this by now. He’s an elite strike thrower who excels in K/BB-centric numbers. Lately, things have been off. Tazawa has looked like a completely different...
The Republican Aug 24, 2015

Ninth Inning Breakdown: What went wrong for Junichi Tazawa? (video)

Boston Red Sox reliever Junichi Tazawa had his sixth blown save of the season Sunday night, as he gave up four runs to the Kansas City Royals' in Boston's 8-6 loss at Fenway Park.
The Republican Aug 24, 2015

Junichi Tazawa gives up four runs in ninth, Boston Red Sox fall to Kansas City Royals

Junichi Tazawa gave up four runs in the ninth inning, blowing a save and giving the Kansas City Royals an 8-6 win over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Boston Herald Aug 24, 2015
Red Sox Notebook: Tazawa, Sox can't close out win

Red Sox Notebook: Tazawa, Sox can't close out win

It would have been a completely unpredictable way to lose if it did not happen to these 2015 Red Sox.But as this season has gone, there’s no manner of defeat that can completely surprise with this team.After taking a two-run lead into the ninth inning, closer Junichi Tazawa allowed six hits and four runs as the Kansas City Royals rallied for an 8-6 win yesterday in front of a sellout crowd at Fenway Park.
Full Count | WEEI Aug 23, 2015

Junichi Tazawa, Red Sox deny reliever battling fatigue despite rough August stretch

While the team and Junichi Tazawa may not be acknowledging it, it appears the Red Sox reliever is battling some fatigue. Tazawa allowed four runs on six hits in the ninth inning blowing the save in the Red Sox‘ 8-6 loss to the Royals Sunday at Fenway Park. The right-hander has thrown 68 1/3 and […]
Fenway Nation Aug 23, 2015

'Vanillas In The Mist', Red Sox Lose Two Leads, Fall, 8-6

()It was a rainy, extremely wacky loss at Fenway Park today. Up by two runs in the ninth, the Red Sox pulled off one of the oddest plays in years—turning a misplayed wall triple into an inside-park-out-at home. That was the first out. Then Junichi Tazawa pitched like he was in the Little League World Series, giving up four earned runs on six hits. Lead gone, Sox down 8-6. which was the final score. Boston blew a 2-0 lead earlier, with sloppy defense and a 'just OK' pitching performance by Eduardo Rodriguez (6 innings, 7 hits, 4 runs, 2 earned runs). Jackie Bradley, Jr. led the way with...
Full Count | WEEI Aug 23, 2015

Closing Time: Junichi Tazawa blows save, Red Sox fall to Royals

The adventures of the Red Sox bullpen continue. With a 6-4 lead in the ninth, Junichi Tazawa blew the save as he allowed four runs in the inning on six hits, as the Royals beat the Red Sox 8-6. A bases loaded single by Eric Hosmer scored two runs to tie the game and then […]
The Republican Aug 20, 2015
Boston Red Sox' Junichi Tazawa is starting to look like a closer

Boston Red Sox' Junichi Tazawa is starting to look like a closer

Consecutive saves are encouraging for Koji Uehara's replacement.
Boston Herald Aug 12, 2015
Close your eyes for scary sight

Close your eyes for scary sight

MIAMI — So it has come to this, has it?Now that Koji Uehara has slid out of the Red Sox bullpen group shot with a fractured wrist, the Red Sox will take a look at Junichi Tazawa, Jean Machi and Ryan Cook as their closer over the last few weeks of the season.All together now, in our best Jack Donaghy voice, “Good god, Lemon!”The fact that another Red Sox loss last night could be placed squarely and uncomfortably on the shoulders of a couple of relievers was hardly a shocker.
Fenway Nation Aug 11, 2015
Machi, Not Kelly Or Tazawa, To Be New Red Sox Closer

Machi, Not Kelly Or Tazawa, To Be New Red Sox Closer

Machi ()Newly-acquired Jean Machi—who has a grand total of three career saves—has been named Boston's new closer by manager John Farrell . So far for the Red Sox, Machi has an underwhelming 7.36 ERA in 3.2 innings of work. Sounds like a closer to us! Junichi Tazawa, who (until very recently) has been effective as an 8th-inning "set-up" guy will stay in that role. In our view, Joe Kelly should be the new closer—he has velocity, stuff and a goofy attitude (all three important attributes for the role). Moving just-acquired Rich Hill into the rotation would free up Kelly for ninth-inning...
Over the Monster Aug 10, 2015

Koji Uehara's season ended by fractured wrist

This season has just been a treat... Koji Uehara's has been placed on the disabled list, and will miss the rest of the 2015 season with a fractured right wrist. Uehara has been sidelined since taking a line drive to said wrist in last Friday's game against the Detroit Tigers. While initial X-rays apparently did not show the fracture, with Uehara still in pain come Sunday, the Red Sox sent him back to Boston for further tests, leading to the discovery of the fractured wrist. With the Red Sox bullpen already in tatters, and John Farrell apparently looking to keep Junichi Tazawa in his eighth...
Fenway Nation Aug 9, 2015

'Papi Power' Not Enough As Sox Fall Again, 7-6

()David Ortiz did everything you could ask. He homered, hit a two-run double to put the team ahead late, and drove in a total of three runs in Boston's 7-6 loss to the Tigers. Blake Swihart also had a career day with three hits and two runs scored. But none of this offense could overcome more bad pitching—particularly the "seventh-inning itch" that has plagued The Carmine Hose all season long. This time it was Junichi Tazawa—on earlier in the game than usual—who coughed the game-winning two-run HR to former Red Sock Victor Martinez. That's all she wrote, folks—and Boston is still the...
The Republican Aug 9, 2015

David Ortiz nearing 500 homers as Boston Red Sox fall to Detroit Tigers

DETROIT - David Ortiz gave the Red Sox leads in the sixth and the seventh innings, but in the end it didn't make a difference. Victor Martinez belted a two-run homer off Junichi Tazawa in the bottom of the seventh...
Bless You Boys Aug 8, 2015

Tigers 7, Red Sox 6: Victor Martinez blasts Tigers to win

The Tigers evened their series with the Red Sox after a back-and-forth affair. The teams swung like a pair of boxers past their prime putting on one last show, exchanging 11 runs during a three-inning stretch from the fifth to the seventh innings. Victor Martinez's two-run home run in the seventh was the final blow, however, giving the Tigers a 7-6 victory over the Red Sox while knotting up the weekend series at a game apiece. Martinez's 413-foot homer off Boston reliever Junichi Tazawa cleared the Belle Tire Man advertisement in right field. It was his ninth home run this season. Boston...

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