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Recap - Bullpen Melts Down Twice In Red Sox Loss

Jim MonaghanContributing WriterPhoto courtesy of Getty ImagesTommy Layne, Junichi Tazawa and Craig Kimbrel (pictured) combined to allow six runs in 1.2 innings as the Red Sox fell to the Blue Jays 10-9 on Saturday at Rogers Centre.Rick Porcello atarted for Boston going 6.2 innings. He gave up four runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out five. He's now pitched into the...
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Junichi Tazawa Has Always Been Carson Smith’s Replacement

The Red Sox took a pretty big blow earlier this week when they lost Carson Smith to Tommy John. It’s something that’s been in the back of everyone’s mind since the moment he left the mound in spring training clutching his forearm, but the hope was that it’d never come to this. Instead, Boston is now without one of their most talented arms for the duration of the season. Luckily...
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Junichi Tazawa Can Serve as Carson Smith’s Replacement

Opening Day is a week away, and the Red Sox’s pitching staff is already hurting. First it was Eduardo Rodriguez, who is expected to miss the start of the season with a knee injury suffered early in spring training, leaving a hole in the rotation. Last week, the bullpen took a hit when newcomer Carson Smith experienced soreness in his right forearm. Smith’s injury is not as severe...
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March 28, 2016  |  Discuss

Red Sox And Junichi Tazawa Agree On One-Year Deal

(Getty Images)The Red Sox and reliever Junichi Tazawa avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.375 million contract. After the 2016 season, Tazawa will become a free agent. Given his uncharacteristically poor 2015, Boston was reticent to pledge any more "free agent" years to the right-hander—who will turn 30 this coming June. Given the efforts by Dave Dombrowski...
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January 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Junichi Tazawa, Red Sox Agree To One-Year Contract, Avoid Arbitration

Junichi Tazawa officially is sticking around Fenway Park for another season. The Boston Red Sox and the right-handed relief pitcher agreed to a one-year, non-guaranteed contract for the 2016 season. Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski made the announcement Wednesday. The deal allows for the two sides to avoid salary arbitration, leaving Robbie Ross Jr. as the...
January 20, 2016  |  Discuss

The Curious Arbitration Case of Junichi Tazawa

A “baseball arbitration” is a term with some currency in the Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) corner of the world. It’s not particularly helpful in a lot of circumstances to limit what an arbitrator can do, but in baseball it makes a ton of sense: we’re not looking at whether someone did or didn’t skip out on a contract obligation or should be responsible for...
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January 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Red Sox’s Junichi Tazawa Remains At Closer Despite Struggles Vs. Royals (Video)

Even though Junichi Tazawa blew a save opportunity against the Kansas City Royals on Sunday, the Boston Red Sox plan to keep him at closer. Tazawa, who excelled in the set-up role, moved to closer after Koji Uehara suffered a season-ending injury. And even though he has struggled at times in his new role, the job remains his. “We want to give him the ball in the ninth inning,”...
August 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Junichi Tazawa’s Absence Hurts Boston Red Sox In Momentum-Killing Loss

This embed is invalid" /> BOSTON — Junichi Tazawa was unavailable. That explains a lot. Tazawa’s absence from the Red Sox’s series opener against the Houston Astros at Fenway Park raised eyebrows, as Boston sure could have used the reliable right-handed reliever in its 12-8, extra-inning loss. But while there were two situations — the eighth inning and...
July 04, 2015  |  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

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

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