Junichi Tazawa RP BOS 2 weeks ago

Tazawa has allowed three homers in his last five appearances. He hasn't thrown a clean inning in his last six appearances.

Tazawa, Boston's Sox primary set up man, was skipped Tuesday night in favor of Alexi Ogando. This is probably more to do with Tazawa having pitched the night before -- and needing 29 pitches -- but it's worth noting his recent stretch.

Junichi Tazawa RP BOS 3 weeks ago

Tazawa pitched a scoreless inning Wednesday night to earn his fifth hold of the season in a win over Toronto.

A nice outing for Tazawa against a team that's owned him over the years. He shook off a two-appearance run in which he's been scored upon. In 11 appearances this season, Tazawa's struck out 11 and walked one in 10.2 innings.

Junichi Tazawa RP BOS 1 month ago

Tazawa pitched a scoreless inning in Boston's 19-inning win over the Yankees on Friday. He's had two scoreless appearances to start the season.

Tazawa did what he's done many times -- pitched the eighth inning and teed up the save for a Boston closer. Only this time, Edward Mujica was unable to live up to the title of "closer."

Junichi Tazawa RP BOS 2 months ago

Tazawa may be given some save opportunities with Koji Uehara (hamstring) expected to start the season on the disabled list, the Boston Globe reports.

The primary fill-in closer will be Edward Mujica, but manager John Farrell listed Tazawa among the other relievers who could get a chance.

Junichi Tazawa RP BOS 2 months ago

Tazawa threw a scoreless inning and struck out one in Monday's game against the Mets.

Tazawa's has allowed one run in four spring innings. He's right in line to open the season as one of Boston's key setup men to be a bridge to Koji Uehara.

Junichi Tazawa RP BOS 2 months ago

Tazawa threw a scoreless inning in Monday's game against the Cardinals.

Tazawa's made a couple of spring appearances, but the Red Sox aren't going to tax him. They'll need him for approximately 70 games during the regular season, plus any postseason play should Boston qualify.

Junichi Tazawa RP BOS 4 months ago

Tazawa agreed to a one-year, $2.25 million contract with the Red Sox on Friday, Mike Perchick of WAPT reports.

Tazawa is coming off a great season in 2014 in which he posted a 2.86 ERA and 1.19 WHIP with 64 strikeouts in 63 innings. He could be an outside candidate for closing duties in 2015 should Koji Uehara and/or Edward Mujica struggle.

Junichi Tazawa RP BOS 6 months ago

The Red Sox will tender Tazawa a contract, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.

This makes perfect sense for the Red Sox, as Tazawa proved a steal at the $1.275 million he got last season in his first year of arbitration and should again in 2015 while making in the range of $2 million. Tazawa posted a 2.86 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 64:17 K:BB and 16 holds in 63 innings last season.

Junichi Tazawa RP BOS 9 months ago

With the Red Sox falling out of postseason contention, manager John Farrell will not be pushing Tazawa over the final six weeks, the Providence Journal reports.

Farrell tired not to use Tazawa on Friday, which is why he didn't pitch the eighth inning, but he did end up coming on in extra innings.

Junichi Tazawa RP BOS 1 year ago

Red Sox avoided arbitration with RHP Junichi Tazawa by agreeing to a one-year, $1.275 million contract.

Tazawa was arbitration-eligible for the first time and earned a raise after posting a 3.16 with over a strikeout per inning in 2013. He'll serve as Koji Uehara's setup man in 2014.