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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%: 72/50 | Average Draft Position: 100.62
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Red Sox announce two year extension for Koji Uehara


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/30/2014) The Red Sox have announced a two year extension for closer Koji Uehara, according to the Boston Globe

The 39-year-old reliever is set to make $18 million over two seasons. Uehara took over the closer role in 2013, and turned in another strong season in 2014. He posted a 2.52 ERA over 64 1/3 innings while saving 26 games. 


Red Sox hoping to retain Koji Uehara in 2015


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters Monday that he would like to retain Koji Uehara next season.

"It's no secret we'd like to retain Koji. He's the guy we want to anchor the back of our bullpen," Farrell said.

Uehara pitched only three times since he was booted out of the closer role in early September. He struck out five and allowed one hit and no runs over his final three innings of work.

The 39-year-old from Japan converted 26 of 31 save chances, with a 2.52 ERA, a 0.92 WHIP and an 80:8 K:BB ratio over 64 1/3 innings of relied this season. He will be a free agent heading into 2015.


Koji Uehara plans to pitch for Red Sox this weekend


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Red Sox ousted closer Koji Uehara, who has not pitched since blowing a save Thursday, is planning on returning to action this weekend in Kansas City.

Uehara has not been given his job back - that belongs for now to Edward Mujica. He is slated to pitch only in lower leverage situations. But he expects to reassume the closer role before the season is over. John Farrell was encouraged by his extended bullpen session Tuesday.

"Similar aggressiveness to in-game," he told MLB.com. "There was finish to his split."

Uehara has not registered a save since Aug. 12.


Koji Uehara to throw bullpen Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Red Sox pitcher Koji Uehara will throw a bullpen Tuesday, after which the team will determine a plan of action regarding a potential return, ESPNBoston.com reports.

"He went through about a three-day no-throw. He’ll resume long toss and throw a bullpen today,” manager John Farrell said Tuesday. "Once he gets done with a bullpen today, whether there’s a need for an additional bullpen and then lower-leverage situation, that’s the progressive steps."

Uehara blew three of his last four save opportunities before being shut down for a few days. Edward Mujica has assumed the closer role in his absence.


Edward Mujica in, Koji Uehara out as Red Sox closer


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) Right-hander Edward Mujica has been named the new Red Sox closer in place of struggling Koji Uehara, who has been shut down for a short time.

Mujica has three saves as an occasional replacement for Uehara. He has given up just two earned runs since July 24, but both were allowed in five appearances over the last two weeks.

John Farrell said Uehara will return to the mound after "a couple of days" down, per the Providence Journal.


Koji Uehara in danger of being shut down for rest of season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters that the team is considering shutting closer Koji Uehara for the remainder of the season, according to ESPN Boston on Thursday.

Uehara suffered a blown save and took the loss after allowing home runs to Mark Teixeira and Chase Headley in the ninth inning. He allowed two runs on two hits over just one-third of an inning. He has blown a save in three of his last four appearances, and has allowed 10 runs over his last six appearances. Uehara has blown five of 31 save chances this season, with a 2.64 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP over 61 1/3 innings of relief.


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.


Koji Uehara blows save, wins game


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Red Sox closer Koji Uehara picked up a blown save and a win Monday against the Blue Jays.

Uehara entered with the bases loaded and one out in the ninth inning. Uehara allowed one run to score on a groundout against the first batter he faced. With two men on base, Uehara gave up a game-tying two-run double to Edwin Encarnacion. He was able to pick up a groundout to end the inning. Uehara tossed 2/3 of an inning, giving up one hit. He was not charged with any runs.

The following inning, the Red Sox managed to pick up a run. The team shut the door in the bottom of the 10th, giving Uehara the win. He improved to 6-4 following the game. 


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."