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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: 6 | Salary: $4,250,000 | Owned/Started%: 94/84 | Average Draft Position: 100.62
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Koji Uehara melts down Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara had a meltdown Friday against the Mariners. 

Uehara entered with his team up by three runs, but couldn't nail down the save. Uehara induced a foulout to the first batter he faced. He then gave up a single and picked up a strikeout for the second out. Things fell apart with two outs. Uehara gave up a walk and a single to load the bases. He then gave up a double and two singles to the next three hitters. Uehara was replaced after giving up five runs.

With the loss, Uehara fell to 5-4. 


Koji Uehara saddled with the loss


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara was hit with a loss Tuesday against the Angels. 

Uehara entered with the game tied at three. He was able to get two quick outs, but couldn't close out the inning. Uehara allowed two straight doubles, which brought home a run. The Red Sox couldn't mount a comeback in the bottom of the frame, giving Uehara the loss. He's now 5-3 on the year. Uehara did manage to strike out one batter during his one inning of work.


Edward Mujica steps up in place of Koji Uehara


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) With Red Sox closer Koji Uehara having pitched four times in the previous five days, Boston turned to reliever Edward Mujica to close out Wednesday's 5-4 win at Cincinnati. Mujica ran into a little bit of trouble, but he closed out the game to earn his third save.

Mujica gave up back-to-back singles to open the inning, but he would strand both runners as he retired the next three batters in order. He had a strikeout of Ramon Santiago among the three outs.


Koji Uehara picks up 26th save Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2014) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara earned his 26th save Tuesday, allowing one hit in a scoreless ninth inning to finish off his team's 3-2 victory over the Reds.

Uehara needed 20 pitches to get through the save opportunity, but managed to throw 16 of them for strikes. He hasn't given up a run in a month, tossing 12 straight scoreless outings to open the second half. Uehara owns a 1.29 ERA, 0.77 WHIP and 70:7 K:BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings.


Koji Uehara nails down save No. 25


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2014) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara struck out two and worked his way around a hit in a scoreless ninth inning to close a 3-1 victory and the save against the Angels. He has converted 25 of 27 save chances, with a 1.32 ERA, 0.77 WHIP and 70:7 K:BB ratio in 54 2/3 innings.

Koji Uehara delivers 24th save Friday vs. Angels


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara locked up his 24th save Friday, giving up one hit and one walk in a scoreless ninth inning while striking out one in his team's 4-2 win over the Angels.

Uehara hadn't picked up a strikeout in either of his previous two outings but managed to get back on the board Friday. He also gave up a hit for the third straight appearance while issuing his first walk in more than a month. Uehara owns a 1.37 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and 66:7 K:BB ratio in 52 2/3 innings.


Koji Uehara picks up 23rd save Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara earned his 23rd save Wednesday, giving up two hits but working a scoreless ninth inning to finish off his team's 2-1 win over the Cardinals.

Uehara failed to record a strikeout for the second straight appearance, the first time this season he's had back-to-back no-K outings. He still turned in his eighth straight scoreless inning. Uehara owns a 1.39 ERA and 65:6 K:BB ratio in 51 2/3 innings.


Koji Uehara retires side in order for the save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara struck out one and needed 13 pitches to retire the side in order for the save Friday night at home against the Yankees. Uehara has converted 22 of 24 save attempts, with a 1.45 ERA and a 0.72 WHIP over 49 2/3 innings of relief.

Report: Red Sox don't plan on trading Koji Uehara


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) According to a report from Comcast SportsNet Northeast, the Red Sox have no intentions of trading closer Koji Uehara before Thursday's trade deadline.

The 39-year-old has converted 21 saves in 23 attempts, with a 1.52 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP this season. The Red Sox are expected to make a qualifying offer to Uehara in the neighborhood of $15 million for next season, according to the report.

Koji Uehara strikes out the side for 21st save


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara struck out the side for save number 21.

Uehara entered the game with a one-run lead. He gave up a leadoff single, but then settled in. He struck out Sean Rodriguez on five pitches for the first out. He notched another strikeout in just four pitches to the next hitter. He was able to punch out the final batter, ending the game. Uehara has a 1.52 ERA this season. 


Report: Red Sox seem hesitant to deal Koji Uehara


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara is drawing a lot of trade interest, according to The Boston Globe. However, the Red Sox seem more interested in not trading the veteran reliever.

Koji Uehara notches 20th save Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2014) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara picked up his 20th save Saturday after striking out one in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish off his team's 2-1 win over the Royals.

Uehara needed just 11 pitches to toss a perfect ninth inning and earn his second save in as many days. Though he's surrendered three earned runs in seven July outings, the closer still owns a 1.58 ERA, 0.74 WHIP and 59:6 K:BB ratio in 45 2/3 innings.


Koji Uehara bounces back with save No. 19 Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2014) Red Sox reliever Koji Uehara struck out one and worked his way past a hit in a scoreless ninth inning to close out a 5-4 victory at home against the Royals on Friday. Uehara has converted 19 of 21 save opportunities, with a 1.61 ERA and a 0.76 WHIP over 44 2/3 innings of relief. 

Koji Uehara suffers rare blown save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Red Sox reliever Koji Uehara was charged with a blown save Thursday afternoon at home against the White Sox.

Uehara served up a game-tying two-run home run to Conor Gillaspie in the ninth inning, which sent the game to extras. He was charged with two runs on two hits and no walks while striking out two over one inning of work in a 4-3 victory. He owns a 1.65 ERA and a 0.76 WHIP over 43 2/3 innings of relief.

Koji Uehara picks up rare win Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Red Sox reliever Koji Uehara picked up a rare win Wednesday against the White Sox. 

Uehara came in with his team trailing by a run in the ninth. He worked a perfect inning, striking out all three hitters he faced. The Red Sox managed to score two runs in the bottom half of the inning, giving Uehara the victory. The win moves him to 5-2 this season. 


Koji Uehara perfect in earning win against Orioles


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2014) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara has been struggling at times recently, but he certainly had no trouble in the ninth inning in the opener of a doubleheader Saturday against Baltimore.

Uehara retired the Orioles in order, fanning Adam Jones and Chris Davis along the way, then picked up the win when Boston scored in the bottom of the inning. Uehara is now 4-2 with an exceptional 1.36 ERA.


Koji Uehara: My command of split-finger is off


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara has blamed fatigue and poor control of his split-finger fastball for his recent struggles.

Uehara gave up a run to lose the game Tuesday night against the Cubs and has yielded four runs in his last seven innings. He is still 18 for 19 in save situations.

"I think the command of my split is not quite where I want it to be," Uehara told the Boston Herald.

Boston catcher A.J. Pierzynski doesn't see a problem, however. And in expressing his feelings, he tossed an insult to the media.

"The stuff looks the same," he said. "(The Cubs) hit a couple of pretty good pitches tonight. That's it. Those things happen. He's looked pretty darned good all year. He gave up a run. ... It's not like he's been getting crushed all over the yard. He got a bunch of saves on the road trip. He threw the ball fine. I don't know what you guys want."


Koji Uehara loses it in non-save situation


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara entered Tuesday's game against the Cubs tasked with sending a tied game into extras, but struggled in a 2-1 loss.

Uehara allowed the first two batters he faced to reach base safely, on a single and a double. With no out and runners on the corners, he allowed the Cubs to take the lead on a sacrifice fly, before ending the inning with two quick outs.

Uehara took the loss, dropping him to 3-2 on the season. He still has a 1.40 ERA with 49 strikeouts and only five walks in 38 2/3 innings, while saving 18 of 19 opportunities.  


Koji Uehara earns 18th save Sunday vs. Yankees


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2014) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning Sunday, striking out one and earning his 18th save in his team's 8-5 win over the Yankees.

Uehara has posted three straight scoreless outings after giving up three solo home runs over the course of a three-game span. He owns a 1.19 ERA, 0.72 WHIP and 48:5 K:BB ratio in 37 2/3 innings.


Koji Uehara locks up 17th save Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara picked up his 17th save Saturday by striking out two in a perfect ninth inning to finish off his team's 2-1 win over the Yankees.

Uehara has gotten back on track after giving up three runs over a stretch of three outings last week, posting two straight scoreless outings. Saturday's two-strikeout game was his first multihit effort in seven appearances. Uehara owns a 1.23 ERA and 47:5 K:BB ratio in 36 2/3 innings.


Koji Uehara picks up 16th save Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2014) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara gave up a single and a walk Wednesday but struck out one while finishing off a scoreless ninth inning to earn his 16th save in his team's 5-4 win over the Mariners.

Uehara retired the leadoff man before giving up a single and a walk to put the tying run at second base. He was able to record a strikeout before retiring the final batter on a groundout to first. Despite a rough week that featured three runs in four outings, the closer owns a 1.26 ERA and 45:5 K:BB ratio in 35 2/3 innings.


Koji Uehara very hittable lately


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2014) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara gave up two homers in the ninth inning Sunday, blowing his first save since July 6, 2012, notes WEEI.com. Uehara has been very hittable lately with three runs and four hits allowed over his last three appearances covering three innings.

He's 3-1 with a 1.30 ERA and 15 saves heading into a three-game series at Seattle.


Boston sluggers bail out Koji Uehara in extra-innings win


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2014) The Red Sox rallied for a 2-1 win in the bottom of the 10th inning Wednesday against the Twins, getting closer Koji Uehara off the hook for the loss.

Uehara (2-1) gave up a go-ahead solo home run in a scoreless game in the top of the 10th inning to Chris Parmelee with two outs. Uehara began the inning with a strikeout of Josh Willingham.

Though, the veteran right-hander avoided the loss as David Ortiz and Mike Napoli hit back-to-back homers in the bottom of the inning to send Boston to the win.


Koji Uehara collects 15th save Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2014) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara recorded his 15th save Monday, tossing a 1-2-3 ninth inning in his team's 1-0 win over the Twins.

Uehara has surrendered only one hit and one walk in nine scoreless innings this month, and his scoreless-innings streak dates back to May 1. He's been excellent as usual this season, posting a 0.57 ERA, 0.66 WHIP and 42:4 K:BB ratio in 31 2/3 innings.


Koji Uehara slams door shut on Cleveland


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2014) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara struck out one and needed only 14 pitches to complete a perfect frame for the save Thursday night against Cleveland. He is a perfect 14 of 14 in save chances with a 0.63 ERA and a 0.73 WHIP in 28 2/3 innings of work.