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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%: 84/68 | Average Draft Position: 170.32
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Koji Uehara saves 23rd game for Red Sox


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2015) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara pitched a scoreless ninth inning, striking out two batters and protecting a two-run lead. 

Uehara recorded his 23rd save of the season. It was his first save situation July 11, four appearances ago. He convered his 12th straight save opportunity and had his 10th scoreless outing in the last 11. 


Red Sox RP Koji Uehara coughs up walk-off home run on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/18/2015) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara suffered his fourth loss of the season on one swing of the bat on Friday. Uehara (2-4) served up a walk-off home run to Mike Trout, as the Angels topped the Red Sox 1-0. 

The home run was the third given up by Uehara this season, and it snapped a 10-game scoreless streak for the veteran right-hander. Uehara still owns a 2.67 ERA this season.


Red Sox closer Koji Uehara earns eighth save in two weeks


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2015) The hot streak of the Red Sox has resulted in a hot streak for closer Koji Uehara. That's no surprise.

What is surprising is that Uehara has simply stopped giving up runs. He managed his 10th straight scoreless appearance Saturday night against the visiting Yankees, blanking them in the ninth on one hit for his 22nd save and eighth since June 26.

Uehara sandwiched strikeouts of Mark Teixeira and Chase Headley around a Chris Young double, then retired Brian McCann on a flyout to end it.


Red Sox closer Koji Uehara earns 21st save with ease


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/8/2015) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara recorded his 21st save of the year on Wednesday against the Marlins.

Uehara closed out the ninth inning of a 6-3 win with just 11 pitches. He struck out one batter and didn't allow any hits.

Over his last nine innings in relief, Uehara has allowed just one hit, struck out nine batters and recorded seven saves.


Red Sox RP Koji Uehara gets save No. 20 on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/7/2015) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara worked a perfect ninth inning on Tuesday to claim his 20th save of the season. Uehara struck out a pair of batters, preserving the 4-3 win over the Marlins.

After enduring some struggles in the middle of June, Uehara has been lights out lately. He hasn't allowed a run in his last eight appearances, and is 20-for-22 in save chances this year. 


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.