Red Sox avoided arbitration with RHP Junichi Tazawa by agreeing to a one-year, $1.275 million contract.
Junichi Tazawa pitched two scoreless innings for the victory Thursday as the Red Sox came from behind to beat the Rays.
Junichi Tazawa gave up a go-ahead homer in Saturday's loss to the Blue Jays.
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.
Junichi Tazawa has a 2.51 ERA and 18/3 K/BB ratio over 14 1/3 innings of work this season.
Red Sox recalled RHP Junichi Tazawa from Triple-A Pawtucket.
Red Sox optioned RHP Junichi Tazawa to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Junichi Tazawa fanned four in three shutout innings on Thursday, collecting his first save of the season against the White Sox.
Junichi Tazawa faced four batters and got five outs against the Yankees in his 2012 debut Friday.
Junichi Tazawa will be used exclusively out of the bullpen during spring training.