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Junichi Tazawa | Relief Pitcher

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (28) / 6/6/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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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. Jan 17 - 11:56 AM

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Junichi Tazawa pitched two scoreless innings for the victory Thursday as the Red Sox came from behind to beat the Rays.

Tazawa needed some work -- he hadn't pitched since giving up a homer in the ninth and taking a loss on Saturday -- so the Red Sox had him come in while down 3-1 in the eighth. He stayed in to pitch the ninth after the team took a 4-3 lead, and he made it stand up for his third win of the year. He still hasn't had a save chance since replacing Joel Hanrahan in the closer's role nine days ago.
Thu, May 16, 2013 11:09:00 PM

Junichi Tazawa gave up a go-ahead homer in Saturday's loss to the Blue Jays.

Tazawa entered the game with the score tied at 2-2, but he gave up a solo blast to Adam Lind to begin the top of the ninth. After allowing just one home run in 44 innings last season, Tazawa has already given up three in 16 1/3 innings this year. We still prefer him over Koji Uehara as the fill-in closer, but Andrew Bailey (biceps) is the best option for the job if healthy.
Sat, May 11, 2013 05:57:00 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said on MLB Network Radio on Tuesday that he'd like to use Junichi Tazawa in the closer role and keep Koji Uehara in the eighth inning.

Joel Hanrahan left Monday's game with forearm soreness and is expected to be re-evaluated Tuesday, but he's likely looking at a stint on the disabled list. While many considered Uehara the favorite to fill in at closer, Farrell thinks Tazawa has the velocity and demeanor for the gig. Of course, it's fair to assume that he wants to stay away from leaning on Uehara too heavily. Either way, Tazawa has the goods and should be owned in all fantasy formats.
Tue, May 7, 2013 01:12:00 PM

Junichi Tazawa has a 2.51 ERA and 18/3 K/BB ratio over 14 1/3 innings of work this season.

It's really a continuation of what Tazawa did last season, when he had a brilliant 1.43 ERA and 45/5 K/BB ratio over 44 frames. Koji Uehara is considered the favorite to fill in at closer while Joel Hanrahan (forearm) and Andrew Bailey (biceps) are sidelined, but the Red Sox will likely be careful about his workload, so don't be surprised if Tazawa also finds himself in the mix. He's worth a speculative stash for fantasy owners in need of saves.
Tue, May 7, 2013 11:38:00 AM

Red Sox recalled RHP Junichi Tazawa from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Tazawa has posted a sparkling 1.37 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 22/2 K/BB ratio across 26 1/3 innings this season. He should do well down the stretch in a middle relief role.
Sat, Aug 25, 2012 07:24:00 PM

Red Sox optioned RHP Junichi Tazawa to Triple-A Pawtucket.

The move clears a spot for David Ortiz's return from the disabled list. Tazawa has an excellent 1.37 ERA and 22/2 K/BB ratio over 26 1/3 innings with the Red Sox this season and should return in September.
Fri, Aug 24, 2012 06:43:00 PM

Red Sox recalled RHP Junichi Tazawa from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Tazawa was unscored upon in five appearances earlier this season with the Sox and boasts a 2.55 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 56/17 K/BB ratio over 42 1/3 innings at Pawtucket. He'll work in middle relief initially but could conceivably find himself in higher-pressurized situations eventually if he pitches well.
Sun, Jul 15, 2012 01:04:00 PM

Red Sox optioned RHP Junichi Tazawa to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Tazawa didn't allow a run in 6 1/3 innings with Boston, but he was the odd man out with the Red Sox needing some emergency infield depth. Jose Iglesias has been promoted from the minor leagues in a corresponding move.
Tue, May 1, 2012 04:33:00 PM

Junichi Tazawa fanned four in three shutout innings on Thursday, collecting his first save of the season against the White Sox.

It was a terrific performance by a right-hander who has done very little in a Red Sox uniform since being signed before the 2009 season. He threw 37 of 51 pitches for strikes, and yielded two shallow hits while also hitting a batter. He boasts a 0.00 ERA through six innings this season, and given the questionable state of Boston's bullpen, Tazawa could become a more valuable reliever as the season progresses.
Fri, Apr 27, 2012 06:14:00 AM

Junichi Tazawa faced four batters and got five outs against the Yankees in his 2012 debut Friday.

Tazawa was throwing 93-94 mph today, and if he keeps that up, he could prove to be a very useful part of the Red Sox pen. He needed just 13 pitches to get his five outs.
Fri, Apr 20, 2012 06:40:00 PM

Red Sox recalled RHP Junichi Tazawa from Triple-A Pawtucket.

He'll replace the struggling Mark Melancon on the active roster. Tazawa, now two years removed from Tommy John surgery, tossed seven shutout frames to begin the season with the PawSox while striking out nine and walking two. Look for him in middle relief.
Wed, Apr 18, 2012 03:02:00 PM

Red Sox optioned RHP Junichi Tazawa to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Tazawa, 25, is two years removed from Tommy John surgery and posted a 2.51 ERA in 59 2/3 minor league innings. He'll start the year in the minors but remains a candidate to return at some point this season.
Sat, Mar 24, 2012 08:00:00 AM

Junichi Tazawa will be used exclusively out of the bullpen during spring training.

Tazawa, 25, returned from Tommy John surgery last season and posted a 59 2/3 innings between the minors and majors. The Red Sox haven't ruled out of the possibility of stretching him out as a starter after camp.
Tue, Mar 6, 2012 10:16:00 PM

Red Sox recalled RHP Junichi Tazawa from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Tazawa hasn't pitched in the big leagues since undergoing Tommy John surgery in April of 2010. The 25-year-old right-hander had a 2.51 ERA and 19/3 K/BB ratio over 14 1/3 innings with the PawSox. He'll likely be used in lower leverage situations initially.
Tue, Sep 13, 2011 03:57:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Christian Vazquez
2David Ross
3Dan Butler
1B1Mike Napoli
2Ryan Lavarnway
2B1Mookie Betts
2Jemile Weeks
3Dustin Pedroia
SS1Xander Bogaerts
2Carlos Rivero
3B1Will Middlebrooks
2Garin Cecchini
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
2Brock Holt
CF1Rusney Castillo
2Jackie Bradley
RF1Allen Craig
2Shane Victorino
3Daniel Nava
DH1David Ortiz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Clay Buchholz
2Rubby De La Rosa
3Joe Kelly
4Allen Webster
5Anthony Ranaudo
6Brandon Workman
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Edward Mujica
2Junichi Tazawa
3Koji Uehara
4Craig Breslow
5Burke Badenhop
6Tommy Layne
7Alex Wilson
8Steven Wright
9Drake Britton
10Matt Barnes
11Heath Hembree
12Edwin Escobar