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19 Koji Uehara RP
Height/Weight: 6-2/195 | Birthdate: 4/3/1975 | Birthplace: Neyagawa, Osaka, Japan | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Boston | College: None | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $4,250,000 | Owned/Started%: 82/66 | Average Draft Position: 170.50
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Red Sox closer Koji Uehara records 19th save of the season


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/5/2015) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara closed out the ninth inning of Sunday's matchup against the Astros in 13 pitches, giving him his 19th save of the season.

Uehara struck out two batters and didn't allow any hits. He has a 2.70 ERA this season.


Red Sox's Koji Uehara on struggles in day games: 'Because I'm old'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2015) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara has been much more effective during night games than day games in 2015. He has a 1.40 ERA in 21 appearances at night, as opposed to a 6.23 ERA in 10 outings during the day.

“Because I’m old,” Uehara said through a translator, per WEEI.com. “Older guys need to sleep in.

“What I’m figuring could be in the sunlight can see better and that’s why I’m getting hit a little bit more in day games. That’s the only reasoning I can think of. Also the fact that my body is not awakened as night games.”

Pitching coach Carl Willis doesn't have an issue with Uehara saying he struggles during the day.

“That’s where the communication comes in, and the trust factor,” Willis said. “It’s good to hear him say that because you don’t want that false positivity when you’re not 100 percent, or you are dragging that day. We need to know those things.

“It’s more difficult [when you’re older]. But I think in his case he does everything he can to combat that. He’s very routine oriented and understands what he needs to do. But there are times you can’t avoid it, either.”


Koji Uehara saves third game in three days for Red Sox


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara earned his 18th save of the year in Tuesday's win over Toronto. 

Uehara earned a save for the third day in a row and fourth time in five days. He's converted his last eight save opportunities. 

Uehara pitched a perfect ninth for the second straight day. 


Koji Uehara saves seventh in a row for Red Sox


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2015) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara earned his 17th save of the season with a perfect ninth inning against Toronto on Monday. 

After blowing a save on the last day of May, Uehara is a perfect seven of seven on save opportunities in June. He has not allowed a baserunner in four of them. 

Uehara has four scoreless outings in a row after retiring the side on 11 pitches on Monday to protect a two-run lead. 


Red Sox closer Koji Uehara notches 16th save of the season


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/28/2015) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara recorded his 16th save of the season in his team's win over the Rays on Sunday.

Uehara closed out the ninth inning with just 16 pitches. He allowed one hit and struck out a batter in the process.

Uehara (2-3) dropped his ERA to 3.12 on the season with the smooth performance.


Koji Uehara earns save with perfect inning for Red Sox


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2015) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara pitched a perfect tenth inning to earn his 15th save of the season, Friday. 

Uehara entered with a one-run lead over Tampa and retired the side, striking out two. It's his second straight perfect outing and fifth consecutive coverted save opportunity. 


Koji Uehara rocked in non-save situation for Red Sox


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2015) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara pitched the ninth inning of Tuesday's win over Atlanta.

Uehara entered with a seven run lead, making it a non-save situation. He gave up two runs on four hits and struck out one. It was the first time in the last four appearances that he's surrendered runs. 


Red Sox closer Koji Uehara gets 13th save in win on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/6/2015) After a nightmare of an outing on Thursday, Red Sox closer Koji Uehara has bounced back nicely the last two games. On Saturday, Uehara worked a perfect ninth inning to preserve the 4-2 win over the A's, recording his 13th save of the season. Uehara has now appeared in three straight games for the Red Sox, though he will likely not be available for the series-finale on Sunday.

"The one thing that's great about Koji is that he keeps himself in such great shape to be able to go three consecutive days," manager John Farrell said, per MLB.com. "Clearly he's got a down day tomorrow. But when push comes to shove, Koji's done great in the closer's spot."

Uehara struck out a batter in his inning of work on Saturday, and is now 13-for-15 in save chances this season.


Koji Uehara earns 12th save for Red Sox


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/5/2015) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara saved his second game in June, after blowing a save on the last day of May. 

Uehara pitched a scoreless ninth, despite allowing two hits, to preserve a 4-2 lead over Oakland on Friday. 

Uehara struck out one and didn't walk a batter. 


Red Sox RP Koji Uehara implodes for third loss on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/4/2015) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara had a rough go of it on Thursday against the Twins. Uehara entered the game in the top of the ninth with the score tied at four. But the right-hander was unable to retire a batter, allowing four runs (three earned) on three hits. A key error by Pablo Sandoval allowed the Twins to bring in the go-ahead run, but the wheels came off after that.

Uehara then gave up an RBI single to Trevor Plouffe before being lifted. Craig Breslow came in and proceeded to serve up a run-scoring double to Eduardo Escobar, and a sacrifice fly from Shane Robinson put the Twins up 8-4, which would be the final score. All of the runs in that ninth inning were charged to Uehara, who watched his ERA rise to 2.12 with the nightmare outing.

Uehara picked up his third loss of the season on Thursday, and has now been scored upon in two of his last three appearances. 


Red Sox P Koji Uehara earns save in 1-0 victory over Twins


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2015) Red Sox pitcher Koji Uehara pitched the ninth inning and recorded his 11th save of the season during Tuesday night's 1-0 win over the Twins. 

Uehara recorded a strikeout and a walk. This is Uehara's first save in five appearances. He now holds a 1.59 ERA for the season. 


Red Sox closer Koji Uehara blows save, earns loss


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2015) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara had the chance to be the hero on Sunday. Instead, he was the goat in Boston's 4-3 loss to the Rangers. Uehara came on in the ninth with Boston ahead 3-2 and in a save opportunity.

After a fielding error put the leadoff man on first, he was sacrificed to second and reached third on a Shin-Soo Choo ground out. Then, Uehara intentionally walked Prince Fielder to get to Josh Hamilton. Uehara served up a 1-1 pitch over the plate and Hamilton sent it to the gap, scoring both runners and giving Texas the win.

"We'll take the chance of a guy coming off the bench versus a guy that's in the game and in the rhythm of the game probably more times than not, especially a guy as hot as Prince has been and what he's meant to that offense all year," manager John Farrell said to MLB.com

It was Uehara's second blown save of the season and moves him to 2-2 on the year with a 1.69 ERA in 16 innings.


Red Sox P Matt Barnes adjusting to life in the bullpen


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/22/2015) Despite the fact that Red Sox rookie pitcher Matt Barnes was drafted as a starter, he has made 11 relief appearances in his brief Major League career, which started in 2014. Barnes has yet to start a big league game, and he may wind up being a reliever long-term for the Red Sox. But Barnes would be just fine with that.

“Right now, I’m not sure about (starting) because I’ve been doing one thing and I’m satisfied with what I’m doing right now,” said Barnes, per the Boston Herald. “I’m available to do anything and I’ll do anything the team needs me to do.”

Barnes, who was drafted 19th overall in 2011, is 2-0 and has allowed just one earned run in six appearances this year. And though he is currently blocked by Koji Uehara as a potential closer, manager John Farrell hasn't shied away from using Barnes as a late-inning option out of the bullpen.

“We brought him into high-leverage situations and there’s a reason we brought him into those situations," Farrell said. "Late in the game, you are looking at guy who can ideally control the running game and he’s got the ability to get a strikeout.”


Red Sox closer Koji Uehara earns ninth save of the season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara worked a perfect ninth inning in Boston's 4-2 win over the Mariners on Saturday, earning his ninth save of the season.

Uehara needed 14 pitches to get through the inning, including a strike out of Logan Morrison. Uehara lowered his ERA to 1.50 in 12 innings of work with 14 strikeouts and just two walks.


Red Sox's Koji Uehara earns eighth save Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara picked up his eighth save on Thursday, delivering a 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish off his team's 2-1 win over the Mariners.

The Red Sox were able to take the lead in the top of the ninth inning before calling on Uehara, who didn't record a strikeout but still managed to breeze through the inning. The closer owns a 1.64 ERA and 13:2 K:BB ratio in 11 innings.


Red Sox closer Koji Uehara racking up saves with his splitter


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/14/2015) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara seems to be living and dying by his splitfingered fastball so far in 2015. Uehara suffered a hamstring injury during spring training and missed the week of the regular season. Since his return, he hasn't been throwing very many four-seam fastballs.

Uehara recorded his seventh save of the season on Wednesday, walking one and striking out one in a scoreless inning in Oakland. In that outing alone, he threw 10 splitters and three four-seamers, according to the Providence Journal.  

Of the 151 pitches the 40-year-old right-hander has thrown this season, 110 have been splitters while just 39 have been straight fastballs. But regardless of the pitch selection, Uehara has gotten the job done. He's allowed two earned runs this season, both coming in one outing on April 24. 

"You can tell what opposing hitters are trying to do, and he’s reading that as well,” maanger John Farrell said after Wednesday’s game. “They’re going in looking soft at times and, regardless of the velocity, he’s still able to get off the bat head with some fastballs. You look at the numbers, and you can’t deny them, despite some thought that his stuff is maybe not as crisp as it was a year ago.”


Red Sox's Koji Uehara earns seventh save Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara secured his seventh save Wednesday, recording one walk and one strikeout in a scoreless ninth inning to finish off his team's 2-0 win over the A's.

Uehara issued a two-out walk to pinch-hitter Stephen Vogt but was able to retire the next batter to end the game. The closer owns a 1.80 ERA and 13:2 K:BB ratio in 10 innings.


Red Sox P Koji Uehara picks up save against Blue Jays


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara earned his sixth save of the season in Sunday afternoon's 6-3 win over the Blue Jays. 

Uehara entered the game in the ninth inning and recorded a walk and a strikout. Uehara has recorded saves in each of his last three appearances. Uehara now has a 5.16 ERA for the season. 

This was his fourth consecutive game without allowing an earned run. 


Red Sox closer Koji Uehara earns fifth save of the season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara worked a perfect ninth inning in Boston's 2-0 win over the Rays on  Tuesday, earning his fifth save of the season. Uehara needed just 13 pitches to finish off Tampa Bay, forcing two ground outs and a pop out to end the game. Uehara lowered his ERA to 2.45 in 7 1/3 innings of work.

Red Sox's Koji Uehara picks up fourth save Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara struck out the side in the ninth inning Wednesday to earn his fourth save in his team's 4-1 win over the Blue Jays.

Uehara needed 17 pitches but was able to deliver a perfect inning to notch his first save since blowing a save opportunity and taking a loss Saturday. He owns a 2.84 ERA and 11:0 K:BB ratio in 6 1/3 innings.


Closer Koji Uehara earns win Monday in Red Sox walk-off victory


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/27/2015) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara (2-1) rebounded from a blown save on Saturday to throw a pefect ninth inning, striking out two, and earn the win against the Blue Jays on Monday.

"With the pitch selection, I told Hani [catcher Ryan Hanigan] that I wanted to throw a lot more fastballs in this outing," Uehara said through a translator after the Red Sox’ 6-5 walkoff win, per WEEI.com. "I recognize the importance of the fastball after the last outing. That's what I took out of that outing."

Uehara entered a tied game in the top of the ninth inning and was credited with the win when the Red Sox scored in the bottom half.

"Second night in Baltimore was first time he's gone back to back all year so hopefully he's gaining some arm strength," manager John Farrell said. "A couple of days off seemed to be a little bit rejuvenated. Better finish to not only the fastball but to the split. Encouraging night from him as well."


Red Sox closer Koji Uehara not utilizing fastball this season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara has been throwing an unusual amount of offspeed pitches to start the season. Uehara has thrown fastballs on just 15 percent of his pitches this season, compared to 50 percent over the last three years, according to the Boston Herald.

Manager John Farrell isn't reading too much into it.

"He's going to go with what he feels," Farrell said. "Every 3 mph is about a foot distance in traveling to home plate. So there's a little bit different reaction time. But regardless of velocity there still needs to be the use of (the fastball) just to create separation between his fastball and his split."

Uehara is 1-1 so far this season with a 4.15 ERA and three saves in 4 1/3 innings.


Red Sox closer Koji Uehara can't hold lead in 10th, blows first save


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/25/2015) The Red Sox rallied to hand closer Koji Uehara a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the 10th inning Saturday but the right hander squandered it to blow the save against the Orioles.

"He probably doesn't have the finish to his fastball as we've seen, so he's gone to his split a few times," manager John Farrell said to the Boston Herald. "He gets deep in the count where it's a little predictable to Lough."

Adam Jones tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly before David Lough won it with a walk-off homer for Uehara's first blown save of the season.

"Splitter that doesn't move,” Uehara said. "It stayed over the middle of the plate. I'm not looking at velocity at this point or any point in my career so it's no problem." 


Red Sox closer Koji Uehara finishes off 7-5 win for third save


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara finished off a 7-5 win Friday against the Orioles for his third save.

Uehara ran into a little trouble in the ninth inning, as he allowed runners to reach first and third base with one out. Both runners reached base via singles. 

However, Uehara was able to retire the last two batters in the ninth before a run crossed the plate. He had two strikeouts.

Uehara has two saves since Tuesday.


Red Sox closer Koji Uehara earns save in win Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara worked a nearly perfect ninth inning in Boston's 1-0 win over the Rays Tuesday for his second save of the year.

Uehara allowed a leadoff single to Logan Forsythe, but then induced a double play ball from Evan Longoria before getting Desmond Jennings to ground out to end the game. Uehara kept his perfect 0.00 ERA through three innings of work with four strikeouts and no walks to his credit.