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Red Sox Tender Contracts To Nava And Tazawa

Tazawa (L), Nava (R)On Tuesday, the Red Sox tendered contracts to OF Daniel Nava and P Junichi Tazawa. They did not tender a contract to recently acquired IF Juan Francisco and designated him for assignment. Nava—a versatile contributor—hit .270 with four HRs in 113 2014 games for Boston. Tazawa was stellar out of the bullpen last year, posting a 2.86 ERA in 63 innings pitched—with...
Via FenwayNation
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Junichi Tazawa Taking Pride In Being Shutdown Reliever With Red Sox

Being a middle reliever/setup man often is thankless. Some bullpen stalwarts, like Junichi Tazawa, are OK with that reality. Tazawa, who has been a key cog in the Boston Red Sox’s bullpen the last three seasons, takes pride in his work. The right-hander might not know whether he’s going to pitch the sixth, seventh or eighth inning on a given day, but he can rest assured he...
October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Sunday Notes: Tazawa’s Role, Perkins’ Bullets, Butler, Buck, Baseball Americana

Junichi Tazawa is satisfied with his current role. Sort of. The 28-year-old set-up specialist would rather start or close, but he’s comforted by the knowledge that outs in the seventh and eighth innings can be every bit as valuable as outs in the ninth. And he gets a lot of them. Tazawa made 71 appearances […]
Via Fangraphs
October 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Junichi Tazawa’s Rough Outing Among Trends Continued In Red Sox’s Loss

The list of certainties in life keeps evolving. Marcus Stroman shutting down the Boston Red Sox, Junichi Tazawa flopping against the Toronto Blue Jays and Joe Kelly walking away as a hard-luck loser represent three key additions to a list previously comprised of only death and taxes. The Blue Jays avoided a three-game sweep Wednesday with a 5-2 win over the Red Sox at Rogers Centre...
August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Tazawa Miscue Leads To 4-2 Loss To Angels

(Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)Junichi Tazawa had a chance to get out of a big jam. With the bases loaded in the eighth, the reliever bobbled a grounder to the mound—which would have gotten at least one out. He was charged with a double error and two Angels scored. Despite a ninth-inning rally, The Carmine Hose fell short by those very two runs and have now lost three of their...
Via FenwayNation
August 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox Notes: Junichi Tazawa’s Breakdown Too Much For Sox To Overcome

BOSTON — Every so often, we’re reminded of why the Red Sox’s 2014 season has been a disaster. Monday was one of those times. The Red Sox’s offense — an anemic unit for much of the year — struggled in key spots as Boston fell 4-2 to the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park. The loss was a microcosm of the Sox’s season in that the bats simply couldn’t produce timely hits...
August 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Junichi Tazawa’s Implosion Emblematic Of Red Sox’s Current Uphill Climb

The 2013 Red Sox were unique in that each member of the team had a signature moment. The 2014 Red Sox are unique for far less glorious reasons, as each player seemingly has had a moment of despair. The Red Sox’s bullpen has been a stable force all season despite Boston’s woes. Thus, when Jon Lester exited after six innings Friday with the Red Sox leading 3-2, it was hard to imagine...
July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox 2014 Preview: Bullpen

Boston Red Sox 2014 Preview: BullpenThe Red Sox bullpen situation was nothing short of crazy last season, but it worked out for the best. With some new faces added to the mix, spring training will surely be a battle ground for the final bullpen spots. Longshots Drake Britton, Francisco Cordero, Rich Hill All three players could see time at the big league level later in the season...
March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Koji Uehara, Junichi Tazawa & 'Sweet Caroline'

Red Sox Photo Via TWITTERThe meeting between World Series champions Koji Uehara, Junichi Tazawa and US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy took place Tuesday. Kennedy—the daughter of President John F. Kennedy and the inspiration for the Fenway anthem 'Sweet Caroline'—posed with the 2103 World Series trophy. Said Kennedy, "This is a great event. Last fall's victory would not...
Via FenwayNation
January 21, 2014  |  Discuss

WS Trophy To Visit 'Sweet Caroline' In Japan

(AP / Elise Amendola)Today through Wednesday, the 2013 World Series trophy will be on display in Japan—accompanied by Red Sox relievers Kojji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa. On Tuesday, Uehara and Tazawa will visit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe and—along with Wally The Green Monster—present Abe with a Red Sox jersey. Later, the trophy will be at a reception held by U...
Via FenwayNation
January 20, 2014  |  Discuss

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