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Mujica revealed he had a neck issue early last season, something that played a role in his slow start to the season, WEEI.com reports. The right-hander carried a 7.29 ERA after his first 22 appearances.

Mujica said he was diagnosed with a C1 vertebrae being out of place, but it did not bother him in the warm climate of Florida. It didn't begin to bother him until he hit the colder weather up north and didn't clear up until mid-way through the season. He also said adjusting to the American League played a role in his sub-par April and May. Mujica is scheduled for late-inning relief work and occasional save opportunities.

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Mujica is in line to be Boston's closer for games when Koji Uehara is not available, the Providence Journal reports.Manager John Farrell laid out his plans for the bullpen Saturday, noting that he'll monitor Uehara's usage closely. Mujica served in that role last season when Uehara was removed from the closer's role in early September. Mujica's career in Boston started dismally, but he was quite effective in the second half of the season, posting a 1.78 ERA with six saves in 29 games after the All-Star break.

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Mujica picked up the save Friday night, pitching a scoreless ninth inning in a win over Baltimore. He allowed one hit while throwing 12 of 15 pitches for strikes to record his seventh save in eight opportunities.

Mujica is the closer for now, though manager John Farrell had said he'd like to get Koji Uehara back in the closer's role before the end of the season.

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Mujica turned in a perfect ninth inning to record his sixth save against the Royals on Friday night.

It was a 1-2-3 inning with no strikeouts on nine pitches - pretty much identical to his save on Thursday night. He followed Koji Uehara to the mound after Uehara tossed a clean eighth inning, but there has been no indication so far that the Red Sox are ready to give the closer's role back to Uehara just yet.

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Mujica had an easy 1-2-3 ninth inning at Kansas City on Thursday to record his fifth save of the season.

Mujica didn't strike any batters out, but he needed only nine pitches to retire the side. It was a nice bounce-back outing, after he allowed two runs in a none-save situation Wednesday. He'll remain Boston's closer while Koji Uehara works in lower leverage situations.

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Mujica was gave up two runs on four hits while striking out one in a non-save situation Wednesday against the Orioles.

The newly anointed closer gave up a double to Adam Jones to begin the frame and later allowed two more two-baggers before finally recording the final out for Boston. Mujica has seen just one save chance since taking over for Koji Uehara, but should be called upon to handle virtually any opportunity that presents itself over the final couple weeks. Even with his struggles Wednesday, Mujica still has a 2.21 ERA since the All-Star break.

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Mujica recorded the final two outs of Saturday's victory to earn his fourth save of the season.

Drake Britton started the ninth inning after he pitched the eighth, but Mujica entered with one out to close the door despite issuing a free pass. For now, Mujica has surpassed Koji Uehara on the Red Sox's ninth-inning depth chart.

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Mujica has been moved to the closer role.

Mujica enjoyed a good deal of success as closer for the Cardinals last season, so the Red Sox will turn to him to replace the struggling Koji Uehara in the ninth inning. Although his overall numbers this season are still rather unsightly (4.13 ERA, 1.36 WHIP), Mujica has posted a 1.53 ERA and .242 BAA since the All-Star break. It's possible he could run away with the job, but Farrell did leave the door open for Uehara to reclaim the closer role before the end of the season.

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Mujica picked up the save Wednesday, allowing two hits and no runs in a scoreless inning against the Reds.

Mujica was the choice to close out the game because Koji Uehara had worked in each of the last four games.

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Mujica made his eighth straight scoreless appearance in Tuesday night's win over the Reds. He picked up his second consecutive hold.

We never thought we'd see Mujica getting set up innings, but he's earned manager John Farrell's trust with his recent streak. In the past eight outings, Mujica's allowed four hits and one walk in 6.2 innings.