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The Republican May 16, 2015

Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell takes the blame but the offense also should be accepting blame

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell shouldered the blame Friday as he should have done.  After all, his decision to have Junichi Tazawa pitch to Nelson Cruz -- who is leading every AL Triple Crown category --...
Full Count | WEEI May 16, 2015

John Farrell after loss: ‘That’s a terrible decision on my part’

Before any blame could start to percolate after the Red Sox‘ 2-1 loss to the Mariners Friday night, John Farrell heaped the responsibility for defeat on himself. Farrell chose not to walk Nelson Cruz with a base open and the game-winning run at second in the form of Brad Miller. Instead Junichi Tazawa pitched to […]

Cruz’s walk-off RBI single lifts Mariners to 2-1 victory over Red Sox

SEATTLE — Nelson Cruz. Who else? On a night when he struck out in three previous at-bats and painfully fouled a ball off his leg, Cruz delivered a two-out RBI single for a 2-1 walk-off victory Friday night over the Boston Red Sox. Cruz drove a full-count pitch from reliever Junichi Tazawa into the left-field gap that enabled Brad Miller to score easily from second base. It was Cruz’s 30th RBI of the season. Boy, this didn’t come easily. For much of the game, it appeared the Mariners were going to waste a fine pitching performance for a third straight game. … Read more »
Fenway Nation May 13, 2015

Wade Miley Sparkles In 2-0 Sox Series Win

(AP Photo)OK, remember all that talk (earlier this afternoon) about demoting Wade Miley? Well, you can deep-six that. Miley pitched 6.2 solid—albeit 'high-wire act'—innings in a 2-0 Red Sox victory this afternoon. The lefty gave up just five hits to the pathetic A's, walked four and didn't strike out anyone. Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara finished off the win. Daniel Nava knocked in the eventual game-winner with an RBI single in the second inning. The slumping Nava collected tow of Boston's six hits—with Dustin Pedroia (who is now hitting .292) getting two hits as well. Hanley Ramirez...
Full Count | WEEI May 1, 2015

Alex Rodriguez: It was ‘special’ to hit home run No. 660 at Fenway Park

Alex Rodriguez’s major league debut came at Fenway Park July 8, 1994, so it was only fitting a milestone home run occurred at Fenway Park as well. Stepping to the plate as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning in a 2-2 game, Rodriguez laced a Junichi Tazawa 3-0 offering into the Monster seats, proving to […]
Full Count | WEEI May 1, 2015

Closing Time: Alex Rodriguez’s pinch-hit, milestone home run gives Yankees win over Red Sox

Alex Rodriguez sure knows how to make an entrance. Rodriguez entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the top of the eighth with the game tied at two, and lined a solo homer run into the Monster seats off Junichi Tazawa on a 3-0 pitch, giving the Yankees the lead, and ultimately a 3-2 win […]
Full Count | WEEI May 1, 2015

Alex Rodriguez ties Willie Mays with home run No. 660 against Red Sox

Put No. 660 in the books, courtesy of the Red Sox. Alex Rodriguez picked a good time to smack the first pinch-hit home run of his career on Friday night, lining a Junichi Tazawa fastball into the Monster seats to break a 2-2 tie and move him into one with Willie Mays for fourth on […]
The Republican Apr 29, 2015
Boston Red Sox setup man Junichi Tazawa has struggled vs. Blue Jays but he got job done Wednesday

Boston Red Sox setup man Junichi Tazawa has struggled vs. Blue Jays but he got job done Wednesday

BOSTON -- Red Sox setup man Junichi Tazawa  has allowed just two runs in 10.2 innings this year.  One of those runs came Tuesday when Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson smashed a 415-foot solo home run off him. Simply put,...
Over the Monster Apr 29, 2015

Red Sox can rely on Junichi Tazawa when all else fails

Long a vital part of the Red Sox bullpen, it's time we start appreciating just how good Junichi Tazawa is. For three seasons now, Junichi Tazawa has held a central role in the Red Sox' bullpen. With pinpoint control, a low-90s fastball he pounds down in the zone and a splitter that garners plenty of whiffs, Tazawa has been one of the American League's most consistent relievers since arriving in Boston's bullpen midway through the 2012 campaign. Still, something about the right-hander leads him to be constantly overlooked, even by Red Sox fans who see his impressive ability first-hand on a...

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