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36 Junichi Tazawa RP
Height/Weight: 5-11/200 | Birthdate: 6/6/1986 | Birthplace: Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Boston | College: No College | MLB Experience: 6 | Salary: $815,000 | Owned/Started%: 14/8 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Red Sox to use Jean Machi as closer; Junichi Tazawa will setup


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2015) The Red Sox will continue to use pitcher Jean Machi as their primary closer, reports The Boston Globe.

With Machi in the closer's role, the team will use Junichi Tazawa as their setup man in the eighth inning.


Red Sox RP Junichi Tazawa picks save No. 2 on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/20/2015) Red Sox reliever Junichi Tazawa needed 10 pitches to retire the Royals in order on Thursday, picking up his second save of the season. Tazawa preserved the 4-1 victory by throwing a perfect ninth inning. 

Tazawa has now converted save opportunities on consecutive days, and he has been unscored upon in his last three outings.


Red Sox RP Junichi Tazawa finally nails down save Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2015) Acting closer Junichi Tazawa was bound to earn a save if the Red Sox continued throwing him out there in save situations. And he finally did Wednesday against Cleveland.

Tazawa was 0-for-5 in save situations until he mowed down the Indians in order in the ninth. He retired them on a foulout and two groundouts for his second 1-2-3 inning in his last eight appearances.


Junichi Tazawa blows fourth save in five outings for Red Sox


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2015) Red Sox reliever Junichi Tazawa suffered his fourth blown save in five appearances.

Injured Sox closer Koji Uehara is out for the season, and Tazawa has blown four leads since July 31. 

Tazawa allowed two hits and a run in the ninth inning, tying the game and sending it to extra innings. 

In four innings in August, Tazawa has allowed seven hits and five earned runs. 


Red Sox RP Koji Uehara to miss rest of 2015 with fractured wrist


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/10/2015) The Red Sox announced that closer Koji Uehara suffered a non-displaced distal radius fracture in his right wrist. He will miss the remainder of the 2015 season, with the expectation of being ready for the start of 2016.

Of the 27 saves the Red Sox have recorded this season, Uehara has 25 of them. Manager John Farrell has said that Junichi Tazawa and Jean Machi would be his primary options for save opportunities going forward, according to the Boston Herald


Junichi Tazawa gives up five runs in relief loss for Red Sox


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2015) Red Sox reliever Junichi Tazawa allowed all five batters he faced to reach base and score in Friday's loss to Toronto. 

Tazawa suffered his first blown save and second loss of the year. He's blown his last 14 save opportunities, dating back to 2012. Tazawa gave up three singles and a bases-loaded triple. He gave up five runs, four earned, in zero innings, after giving up four runs in the first 27 innings he pitched this season. 


Red Sox's Junichi Tazawa bounces back vs. Blue Jays


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) One night after giving up a solo home run for the second consecutive appearance, Red Sox reliever Junichi Tazawa was able to pitch a scoreless eighth inning in his team's 4-1 win over the Blue Jays Wednesday.

"Location-wise, I had better command," Tazawa said through a translator after the game, per MLB.com. "Yesterday, I caught too much of the plate. But today, I was right on the black."

Tazawa entered the game witha 7.17 ERA in 23 career appearances against the Blue Jays but was able to give up just one hit while striking out one to earn his fifth hold of the season.

"I knew my history against Toronto, but I wanted to stay aggressive, and I appreciated that they kept putting me in these situations," Tazawa said.

Tazawa owns a 1.69 ERA and 11:1 K:BB ratio in 10 2/3 innings.


Report: Red Sox sign Rick Porcello, Junichi Tazawa


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The Red Sox avoided arbitration with pitchers Rick Porcello and Junichi Tazawa by agreeing to one-year deals with each player Friday. Porcello will make $12.5 million in 2015, while Tazawa is set to earn $2.25 million, the Boston Herald reports.

Porcello, who is in his last year of arbitration eligibility, came to the Red Sox in a December trade after going 15-13 with a 3.43 ERA and 129:41 K:BB ratio in 204 2/3 innings with Detroit in 2014. Tazawa, who's in his second year of arbitration eligibility, posted a 2.86 ERA and 64:17 K:BB ratio in 63 innings last season.


Report: Red Sox's Miley, Nava, Porcello, Tazawa file arbitration


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/13/2015) Red Sox pitchers Wade Miley, Junichi Tazawa and Rick Porcello as well as outfielder Daniel Nava all filed for arbitration Tuesday, reports the Boston Globe. Figures will be exchanged Friday.

Red Sox tender contracts to Daniel Nava, Junichi Tazawa


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) The Red Sox announced Tuesday they tendered contracts to outfielder Daniel Nava and reliever Junichi Tazawa

Nava hit .270 with four home runs, 21 doubles and 37 RBI in 113 games in 2014, while Tazawa went 4-3 with a 2.86 ERA and 64 strikeouts in 71 appearances (63 innings).


Red Sox plan to reduce outings for two RPs, including closer


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2014) Red Sox manager John Farrell said Sunday closer Koji Uehara and reliever Junichi Tazawa will not be shut down in September, but he plans to limit their appearances over the final weeks of the season, per The Boston Globe. Edward Mujica would close on the days Uehara is not available.

Tazawa has appeared in a team-high 63 games out of the bullpen. Uehera is third among Boston relievers with 59 appearances and is 14 1/3 innings away from tying his career high in the majors, which he set last season.


Junichi Tazawa picks up win Wednesday vs. Cardinals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) Red Sox pitcher Junichi Tazawa recorded a win Wednesday, striking out one in a 1-2-3 eighth inning in his team's 2-1 victory over the Cardinals.

Tazawa (2-3) took a loss Tuesday but was thrown right back into the fire one day later, keeping the scored tied 1-1 by working a clean eighth inning. His offense came through with the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth. Tazawa owns a 3.33 ERA and 47:11 K:BB ratio in 46 innings.


Junichi Tazawa takes loss Tuesday vs. Cardinals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) Red Sox pitcher Junichi Tazawa was hung with a loss Tuesday, giving up one earned run on three hits in one inning and striking out one in his team's 3-2 defeat against the Cardinals.

Tazawa (1-3) retired the first two batters of the eighth inning before giving up three straight singles to bring the decisive run home. He has allowed at least one run in four of his last six appearances. Tazawa owns a 3.40 ERA and 46:11 K:BB ratio in 45 innings.


Junichi Tazawa hit with first loss of the season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Red Sox pitcher Junichi Tazawa was pegged with his first relief loss in extras Sunday at home against the Indians.

Tazawa served up a go-ahead home run to Nick Swisher in the 11th inning, which proved to be the difference. He allowed one run on two hits and no walks while striking out two over an inning of work. He owns a 2.40 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP in 30 innings of relief.

Red Sox won't have one primary setup reliever


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2014) Red Sox manager John Farrell said he won't designate one reliever to be the primary setup man for closer Koji Uehara. Farrell said Junichi Tazawa and Edward Mujica with both be used in the setup role.

"I think they're going to have similar roles. When you have multiple guys with similar talents, we can keep guys a little bit more fresh early on where you can rotate some guys through," Farrell said, per MLB.com. "We know with what both guys are coming off of, high number of appearances last year. We'd like to think we can alternate game to game rather than going back to back earlier in the year. That way we can keep guys more fresh, the deeper we go into the season."


Red Sox, Junichi Tazawa avoid arbitration


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/17/2014) The Red Sox and pitcher Junichi Tazawa have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $1.275 million.

Tazawa is arbitration eligible for the first time this season. He went 5-4 with a 3.16 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 72:12 K:BB ratio in 68 1/3 innings last season.


Junichi Tazawa delivers key bases-loaded out in Game 6 win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/30/2013) Red Sox pitcher Junichi Tazawa recorded just one out in Game 6 of the World Series Wednesday, but it was a big one, stranding three runners on base and ending a potential rally as the Red Sox beat the Cardinals 6-1 in a championship-clinching victory.

Called upon with two outs and the bases loaded in the seventh inning, Tazawa induced a grounder to the first baseman, maintaining his team's five-run lead with just six outs remaining. It was the biggest out of the night for the Red Sox, who got five scoreless appearances out of Tazawa during the World Series, four of which came with a single out.


Blue Jays seem to have Junichi Tazawa's number


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2013) Red Sox reliever Junichi Tazawa allowed his eighth home run Tuesday at Toronto. Surprisingly, five of the eight home runs allowed have come against the Blue Jays.

"I don’t think it’s their approach," Tazawa said, per the Boston Herald. "I just think I have to be more aggressive and do what I do best, and I think it’ll take care of itself."


Koji Uehara worth adding over Junichi Tazawa


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/21/2013) Though Junichi Tazawa was the Red Sox's choice to fill in at closer when Andrew Bailey was on the DL earlier this season, the latest reports suggest Koji Uehara is now. Hey, that works for Fantasy owners. Uehara has been the more effective of the two this season, boasting a 2.10 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 12.6 strikeouts per nine innings in 32 appearances, and has experience closing from his days with the Orioles.

Of course, just because you know to prioritize him over Tazawa (who could certainly still factor if Uehara falters) doesn't mean you should prioritize him over everyone. I don't think the move is meant to be permanent. Sounds to me like the Red Sox are taking the give-him-a-break-to-get-him-right approach with Bailey -- manager John Farrell referred to it as "backing him out of [the role]" -- which is why I'm not as excited to add Uehara as, say, Joaquin Benoit.

But interim roles do sometimes become permanent, so if I need saves, you can bet I'm putting in a claim for Uehara. I rank him 36th at reliever in Rotisserie leagues.

Junichi Tazawa in line to close?


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2013) Red Sox reliever Junichi Tazawa could be moving into the closer role soon, and he has the skills to succeed.

Tazawa's walk rate is the third lowest among relievers, and his strikeout rate ranks in the top-25. Tazawa only has one career save in the majors, but that shouldn't prevent Fantasy owners from taking a chance on him. The skill set is there, he just needs the opportunity. 


Red Sox not considering two-man closer committee


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2013) Although Red Sox interim closer Junichi Tazawa has posted a 9.00 ERA and one loss in his last two outings, manager John Farrell said Sunday he's not about to flip roles or go to a two-man closer committee with Koji Uehara

"I think it’s best for everyone in that bullpen to know who the closer is and guys will slot in roles prior to use of the closer," Farrell said when asked if a two-man closer committee would work in the interim. "I think just in terms of everyone knowing where they stand and the role that they occupy, that’s important for their own preparation as the game is nearing that seventh- through ninth-inning period."


Junichi Tazawa not shaken by misstep


by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2013) Red Sox pitcher Junichi Tazawa (2-1) permitted a tiebreaking home run to Adam Lind in the ninth inning during Boston's 3-2 loss to Toronto on Saturday. It was the second straight appearance in which Tazawa, the team's newly appointed closer, has allowed a run in a non-save situation.

The right-hander surrendered another hit -- also his second outing in a row giving up two hits -- and struck out two batters. His ERA has swelled from 2.51 to 3.31 over his past two games, but he remains assured of his ability.

"I still have my confidence but I feel that I was given the chance to succeed so I feel bad about it," Tazawa told ESPN.com through an interpreter after the game. "But I still have my confidence. ... I didn't feel additional pressure."


Junichi Tazawa likely just a short-term fix


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/7/2013) With Andrew Bailey and Joel Hanrahan now both on the DL, the Red Sox will turn to Junichi Tazawa for their ninth-inning needs

Will he do a good job in the role? Probably. His 1.70 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 9.7 strikeouts per nine innings in 53 appearances over the last two seasons, when he was fully committed to relief, are exactly the kind of numbers you want from a closer. But I don't suspect he'll last long in the role because I don't suspect Bailey's or Hanrahan's injury will require much more than a minimal DL stay.

The Red Sox had a closer dilemma -- two proven guys still capable of getting the job done -- before Tazawa entered the picture. I'm thinking nothing Tazawa does in the next two weeks will convince them to muddy the waters further.

If I need saves and none are available on the waiver wire, I'm obviously making a play for Tazawa, but I'm expecting him to be just a short-term fix.


Junichi Tazawa a good short-term saves solution


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(5/7/2013) Now that we know Junichi Tazawa is the preferred closer option for Red Sox manager John Farrell while Joel Hanrahan (forearm) is sidelined, owners needing saves will likely be making a beeline to the waiver wire. Maybe Hanrahan won't be out for long, or maybe Andrew Bailey (biceps) can make a quick return from the 15-day disabled list, and either scenario would put Tazawa back in a setup role.

Then again, both relievers could be out awhile, and Tazawa has the skills to keep the closer's role if he is given a chance. He has already proven to be a reliable source of strikeouts and low WHIP, and he should do a reasonably good job of keeping the ball in the park.

If you need saves in the short run, Tazawa is highly available and probably better than your other low-cost options. You just may find yourself needing to replace him soon, should Hanrahan or Bailey make a quick return.


Red Sox leaning toward Junichi Tazawa as closer


by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2013) Red Sox manager John Farrell told MLB Network Radio on Tuesday that he would prefer to use Junichi Tazawa as the team's closer while keeping Koji Uehara in a setup role. Boston is in need of another closer after Andrew Bailey was placed on the disabled list with a biceps injury and Joel Hanrahan being hampered by a forearm issue that could force him to miss the next few games.

"I think what we'd love to do is close Tazawa. We'd keep Koji in that eighth inning role that he's been in," Farrell said. "Fortunately we do have some depth to turn to internally and we know that we've got to get through these next couple of days to kinda regroup. ... So we're kind of breathing a little thin ice down there right now and just trying to manage the best we can to get through these next couple of days to regroup."