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[10/31/2014] Koji Uehara, Hisashi Iwakuma, Kyuji Fujikawa

by on Oct.31, 2014 @ 11:17 pm, under MLB
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The MLB released a list of free agents on Thursday. Hiroyuki Nakajima (Athletics), Kyuji Fujikawa (Cubs), Hisashi Iwakuma (Mariners), Daisuke Matsuzaka (Mets), Norichika Aoki (Royals), Hiroki Kuroda (Yankees), and Ichiro Suzuki (Yankees) were included on the list. Fujikawa and Iwakuma have options.

Source: MLB.com 10/30/2014

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The Boston Red Sox signed Koji Uehara (39) to a two-year deal worth eighteen million US dollars. From ESPN's Gordon Edes:

... The Red Sox signed Uehara before he became eligible to negotiate with other clubs Tuesday. His deal nearly doubles the two-year, $9.25 million contract he signed with the Red Sox before the 2013 season, before he had been identified as the club's closer. It is $2 million less than last's winter's two-year, $20 million deal the Detroit Tigers gave to free agent Joe Nathan, who is perhaps the closest comparison to Uehara, given that he was 38, a year younger than the Japanese right-hander.

... "You're really looking at a guy who has been one of the elite relievers in baseball for several years," Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said. "And again, based on our evaluation at the end of the year and what he did, we did not see any reason why that can't continue.''

... "From a health standpoint, he had a little lower back issue at the end of the year, but that was resolved and wasn't really a concern going forward," Cherington said, making the first mention by any Red Sox official that the pitcher's back had been bothering him.

Source: ESPN 10/30/2014

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Hisashi Iwakuma (33) will be back in Seattle next year. From The Seattle Times' Ryan Divish:

... The Mariners announced that [Iwakuma's] $7 million option for 2015 has been exercised. However, they didn't decide on the option. Per a source, Iwakuma did enough in 2014 — 15-9 with a 3.52 ERA in 28 starts — and last season to have the option vest automatically. So there was no decision to be made.

Source: The Seattle Times 10/30/2014

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The Chicago Cubs declined Kyuji Fujikawa's (34) option. From The Chicago Tribune's Mark Gonzales:

The Chicago Cubs' 40-man roster shrunk to 35 Thursday as reliever Carlos Villanueva filed for free agency, and the team declined the 2015 option on reliever Kyuji Fujikawa.

... Fujikawa will receive a $500,000 buyout and becomes a free agent.

Source: ESPN 10/30/2014

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Daisuke Matsuzaka is planning to return to his home in Boston to begin workouts for next season in November. Source: Sponichi 10/31/2014

[9/27/2014] Hisashi Iwakuma, Munenori Kawasaki, Norichika Aoki

by on Sep.27, 2014 @ 6:11 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Norichika Aoki KCR 9/26 KCR 3
CWS 1
RF 3 1 1 1 0 0 2 .283
Batted second. 3B9[6] one RBI[42]-R[63], L7, G6. Replaced on defense in the bottom of the 7th. Nikkan Sports 9/27/2014, Sponichi 9/27/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 9/26 BAL 2
TOR 4
3B 3 0 2 2 0 0 1 .261
Batted seventh. 1B4b one RBI[16], 1B4 one RBI[17], G6. Committed a throwing error[7] in the top of the 4th. Replaced by a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 8th. Nikkan Sports 9/27/2014, Sponichi 9/27/2014, Sponichi 9/27/2014

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 9/26 LAA 3
SEA 4
80-56 23 6.1 4 2 2 0 4 2 3.52
Started the game. Left in the top of the 7th, with one out, none on, and Seattle up 4-2 due to a possible injury. Picked up the win. (W, 15-9). Nikkan Sports 9/27/2014, Sponichi 9/27/2014, MLB.com Highlights

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[9/26/2014] Hiroki Kuroda, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Koji Uehara

by on Sep.26, 2014 @ 5:37 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 9/25 BAL 5
NYY 6
RF 3 1 0 0 1 1 1 .282
Batted eighth. Ks, G4, BB-R[41], G1. Nikkan Sports 9/26/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/26/2014, Sponichi 9/26/2014, Sponichi 9/26/2014
Norichika Aoki KCR 9/25 KCR 6
CWS 3
RF 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .283
Batted second. L8, F9, 1B7, Ks. Replaced on defense in the bottom of the 8th. Nikkan Sports 9/26/2014, Sponichi 9/26/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 9/25 SEA 7
TOR 5
2B 3 1 0 0 1 1 3 .255
Batted second. Kl, G4, BB-R[31], G6f. Nikkan Sports 9/26/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/26/2014, Sponichi 9/26/2014

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hiroki Kuroda NYY 9/25 BAL 5
NYY 6
95-68 27 8.0 3 2 2 0 9 2 3.71
Started the game. Left after eight innings with New York up 5-2. Nikkan Sports 9/26/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/26/2014, Sponichi 9/26/2014, Sponichi 9/26/2014, MLB.com Highlights
Daisuke Matsuzaka NYM 9/25
Gm 2
NYM 0
WSN 3
24-15 7 2.0 1 0 0 1 2 0 3.89
Entered the game in the bottom of the 6th with New York down 3-0. He was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the top of the 8th. Nikkan Sports 9/26/2014, Sponichi 9/26/2014
Koji Uehara BOS 9/25 TBR 1
BOS 11
7-6 3 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.52
Entered the game in the top of the 9th with Boston up 11-1. Nikkan Sports 9/26/2014, Sponichi 9/26/2014

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[9/22/2014] Masahiro Tanaka, Ichiro Suzuki, Hisashi Iwakuma

by on Sep.22, 2014 @ 3:26 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 9/21 TOR 2
NYY 5
RF 4 0 2 0 0 1 1 .285
Batted eighth. 2B9[12], 1B7-SB[13] (second base), Ks, G3. Nikkan Sports 9/22/2014, Sponichi 9/22/2014
Norichika Aoki KCR 9/21 DET 2
KCR 5
RF 3 0 1 2 1 0 0 .282
Batted second. G6, BB, 3B9[5] two RBI[39,40], L6. Replaced on defense in the top of the 8th. Nikkan Sports 9/22/2014, Sponichi 9/22/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 9/21 TOR 2
NYY 5
3B 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 .265
Batted sixth. 2B9[7], Kl, G4, G3. Nikkan Sports 9/22/2014, Sponichi 9/22/2014,

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 9/21 SEA 3
HOU 8
88-51 23 4.1 6 4 4 3 8 0 3.54
Started the game. Left in the bottom of the 5th with runners on first and second, one out, and Seattle down 4-3. (WP 1, IBB 1). Nikkan Sports 9/22/2014, Sponichi 9/22/2014, MLB.com Highlights
Masahiro Tanaka NYY 9/21 TOR 2
NYY 5
70-48 21 5.1 5 1 1 0 4 0 2.47
Started the game. Left in the top of the 6th with runners on first and second, one out, and New York up 2-1. Got the win. (W, 13-4). (HBP 1). Nikkan Sports 9/22/2014, Sponichi 9/22/2014, Sponichi 9/22/2014, MLB.com Highlights, Standing Ovation, Post-game Press Conference
Daisuke Matsuzaka NYM 9/21 NYM 10
ATL 2
11-6 3 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.00
Entered the game in the bottom of the 8th with New York up 7-2. Nikkan Sports 9/22/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/22/2014, Sponichi 9/22/2014, Sponichi 9/22/2014
Kyuji Fujikawa CHC 9/21 LAD 8
CHC 5
22-14 6 1.0 3 1 0 0 0 0 4.85
Entered the game in the top of the 7th with Chicago down 6-4. Left after an inning of work with Chicago down 7-4. Nikkan Sports 9/22/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/21/2014, Sponichi 9/22/2014

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[9/16/2014] Norichika Aoki, Hisashi Iwakuma, Ichiro Suzuki

by on Sep.16, 2014 @ 3:33 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 9/15 NYY 0
TBR 1
RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 3 .283
Batted seventh. F6, G1, 2B9[11], G1. Nikkan Sports 9/16/2014, Sponichi 9/16/2014
Norichika Aoki KCR 9/15 CWS 3
KCR 4
RF 4 1 4 0 1 0 0 .271
Batted second. BB, 1B5, 1B8, 1B5-R[58], 2B7[20]. Replaced by a pinch-runner in the bottom of the 9th. Made a nice catch in the top of the 3rd. Nikkan Sports 9/16/2014, Sponichi 9/16/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 9/15 TOR 2
BAL 5
PH-2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .269
Entered the game as a pinch-hitter for John Mayberry in the top of the 8th. Remained in the game as the second baseman. L9. Nikkan Sports 9/16/2014, Sponichi 9/16/2014

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 9/15 SEA 1
LAA 8
70-47 18 3.1 6 7 7 2 4 1 3.42
Started the game. He took the loss. Left in the bottom of the 4th with runners on first and second, one out, and Seattle down 5-0. Both runners he left on base came around to score after his departure. (L, 14-8). Nikkan Sports 9/16/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/16/2014Sponichi 9/16/2014

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[9/11/2014] Hisashi Iwakuma, Ichiro Suzuki, Junichi Tazawa

by on Sep.11, 2014 @ 8:27 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 9/10 TBR 5
NYY 8
RF 4 1 1 1 0 2 4 .286
Batted sixth. Ks, G4f, Ks, 2B9[9] one RBI[19]-R[37]. Nikkan Sports 9/11/2014, Sponichi 9/11/2014, Sponichi 9/11/2014
Norichika Aoki KCR 9/10 KCR 3
DET 0
RF 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 .265
Batted lead-off. Kl, FC4, Kl, HBP. Replaced by a pinch-runer in the top of the 7th. Nikkan Sports 9/11/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/11/2014Sponichi 9/11/2014, Sponichi 9/11/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 9/10 CHC 1
TOR 11
2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .271
Entered the game in the top of the 8th on defense at second base. F9. Nikkan Sports 9/11/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/11/2014Sponichi 9/11/2014

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 9/10 HOU 5
SEA 2
79-50 21 4.1 6 4 4 2 6 0 3.11
Started the game. Left in the 5th with runners on first and second, one out, and Seattle down 4-2. Took the loss. (L, 14-7). Nikkan Sports 9/11/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/11/2014Sponichi 9/11/2014
Junichi Tazawa BOS 9/10 BAL 10
BOS 6
11-8 3 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.03
Entered the game in the top of the 8th with Boston down 8-1. Nikkan Sports 9/11/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/11/2014, Sponichi 9/11/2014, Sponichi 9/11/2014
Kyuji Fujikawa CHC 9/10 CHC 1
TOR 11
26-12 7 0.2 3 3 3 2 2 0 5.73
Entered the game in the bottom 7th with runners on first and second, two out, and Chicago down 4-1. Allowed both inherited runners to score. Allowed the first five batters to reach base before striking out two in a row to end the inning. (IBB 1). Nikkan Sports 9/11/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/11/2014Sponichi 9/11/2014

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[9/6/2014] Hisashi Iwakuma, Tsuyoshi Wada, Hiroyuki Nakajima

by on Sep.06, 2014 @ 3:46 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 9/5 KCR 1
NYY 0
RF 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .281
Batted ninth. G5, G5, G6. Nikkan Sports 9/6/2014, Sponichi 9/6/2014, Sponichi 9/6/2014
Norichika Aoki KCR 9/5 KCR 1
NYY 0
RF 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 .265
Batted ninth. G6, 1B8 one RBI[34]-CS[6] (second base), G6. Replaced on defense in the bottom of the 6th. Nikkan Sports 9/6/2014, Sponichi 9/6/2014, Sponichi 9/6/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 9/5 TOR 8
BOS 9
2B 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .266
Batted ninth. G4, G1. Replaced by a pinch-hitter in the top of the 7th. Nikkan Sports 9/6/2014, Sponichi 9/6/2014, Sponichi 9/6/2014

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 9/5 SEA 7
TEX 5
84-61 23 5.1 7 3 3 1 5 0 2.97
Started the game. Left in the bottom of the 6th with a runner on second, one out, and Seattle up 7-2. Runner later came around to score. Got the win. (W, 14-6). Nikkan Sports 9/6/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/6/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/6/2014, Sponichi 9/6/2014, Sponichi 9/6/2014
Tsuyoshi Wada CHC 9/5
SUSP
PIT 3
CHC 3
72-42 17 3.1 3 3 2 1 2 0 2.95
Started the game. Left in the top of the 4th (left leg cramp) with a runner on second, one out, and the score tied at two. Runner on second later came around to score. Went 0-for-1 at the plate: F6. Nikkan Sports 9/6/2014, Sponichi 9/6/2014
Junichi Tazawa BOS 9/5 TOR 8
BOS 9
7-6 2 0.1 1 1 1 0 1 0 3.09
Entered the game in the top of the 10th with the score tied at six. Left after giving up a one-out single to Edwin Encarnacion. Runner later came around to score. Nikkan Sports 9/6/2014, Sponichi 9/6/2014, Sponichi 9/6/2014

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[9/1/2014] Hisashi Iwakuma, Munenori Kawasaki, Toru Murata

by on Sep.01, 2014 @ 8:26 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 8/31 NYY 3
TOR 4
PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .285
Entered the game as a pinch-runner for Jacoby Ellsbury. Nikkan Sports 9/1/2014, Sponichi 9/1/2014
Norichika Aoki KCR 8/31
SUSP
CLE 4
KCR 2
RF 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 .263
Batted lead-off. 1B5-R[56], F8, Ks, G4. Nikkan Sports 9/1/2014, Sponichi 9/1/2014, Sponichi 9/1/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 8/31 NYY 3
TOR 4
2B 3 0 1 1 0 0 1 .275
Batted ninth. L3(DP), G3, 1B9 one RBI[12]. Replaced on defense in the top of the 8th. Nikkan Sports 9/1/2014, Sponichi 9/1/2014
Hiroyuki Nakajima OAK 8/31 MRO 9
FRI 12
3B 2 0 1 0 0 0   .266
Entered the game on defense at third in the bottom of the 7th. 1B9, F6.
Gosuke Katoh NYY 8/31 CRD 5
AUG 0
2B 4 0 0 0 0 2   .222
Batted seventh. Ks, G3, F7, Ks.

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 8/31 WSN 3
SEA 5
86-57 23 6.0 5 3 3 0 6 3 2.90
Started the game. Gave up three runs on three home runs: Bryce Harper in the 2nd and 4th and Nate Schierholtz in the 3rd. Left after six innings with Seattle up 4-3. (W, 13-6). Nikkan Sports 9/1/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/1/2014, Sponichi 9/1/2014, Sponichi 9/1/2014, MLB.com Highlights
Toru Murata CLE 8/31 TOL 1
COL 5
  17 5.0 2 1 1 2 3 1 5.38
Started the game. Left after five innings with Columbus up 2-1. Got the win. (W,5-3). Sponichi 9/1/2014

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[8/25/2014] Ichiro Suzuki, Tsuyoshi Wada, Hisashi Iwakuma

by on Aug.25, 2014 @ 4:57 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 8/24 CWS 4
NYY 7
CF-RF 4 0 2 2 0 0 1 .283
Batted eighth. 1B6, G6, 1B9 two RBI[16,17], F7. Moved from center to right in the top of the 7th. Nikkan Sports 8/25/2014, Sponichi 8/25/2014, Sponichi 8/25/2014
Norichika Aoki KCR 8/24 KCR 1
TEX 3
RF 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 .261
Batted lead-off. F8, G3, G2, Ks. Made a nice catch in the bottom of the 3rd. Nikkan Sports 8/25/2014, Nikkan Sports 8/25/2014, Sponichi 8/25/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 8/24 TBR 2
TOR 1
2B 3 0 2 0 1 0 2 .273
Batted ninth. 1B7, G3, BB, 1B1b. Nikkan Sports 8/25/2014, Sponichi 8/25/2014
Gosuke Katoh NYY 8/24 CRD 4
ROM 5
PR-2B 1 1 0 0 0 1   .229
Entered the game as a pinch-runner for Jackson Valera in the top of the 9th. Remained in the game as the second baseman. Ks.

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 8/24 SEA 8
BOS 6
67-48 16 2.1 6 5 5 1 1 0 2.83
Started the game. Left with runners on second and third, one out, and Seattle down 5-3. Did not factor into the final decision. (HBP 2). Nikkan Sports 8/25/2014, Sponichi 8/25/2014, Sponichi 8/25/2014
Tsuyoshi Wada CHC 8/24 BAL 1
CHC 2
92-59 21 6.1 1 1 1 1 8 1 2.56
Started the game. Left with none on, one out, and Chicago up 2-1. Got the win. (W, 4-1). Went 1-for-2 at the plate: 1B1 (first career MLB hit), L6. Nikkan Sports 8/25/2014, Sponichi 8/25/2014, Sponichi 8/25/2014, MLB.com Highlights, MLB.com Post-game Interview
Junichi Tazawa BOS 8/24 SEA 8
BOS 6
6-4 2 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.00
Entered the game in the top of the 8th with a runner on second, one out, and Boston down 7-5. Nikkan Sports 8/25/2014, Sponichi 8/25/2014

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[8/20/2014] Hisashi Iwakuma, Tsuyoshi Wada, Koji Uehara

by on Aug.20, 2014 @ 7:47 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 8/19 HOU 7
NYY 4
RF 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .276
Batted ninth. 1B9, Ks, F8, G4. Nikkan Sports 8/20/2014, Sponichi 8/20/2014
Norichika Aoki KCR 8/19 KCR 7
COL 4
RF 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 .267
Batted lead-off. G2, G5, BB-CS[5] (challenged, overturned), BB-R[54]. Made a nice grab in the bottom of the 2nd. Replaced on defense in the bottom of the 7th. Nikkan Sports 8/20/2014, Nikkan Sports 8/20/2014, Sponichi 8/20/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 8/19 TOR 1
MIL 6
2B 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 .270
Batted eighth. G1 one RBI[9], G3. Replaced by a pinch-hitter in the top of the 8th. Nikkan Sports 8/20/2014, Sponichi 8/20/2014
Hiroyuki Nakajima OAK 8/19 COR 2
MRO 15
2B 4 0 0 1 1 1   .275
Batted eighth. Ks, G5, G6, BB one RBI[27], L6.
Gosuke Kato NYY 8/19 CRD 8
CAP 7
2B 1 1 1 1 4 0   .236
Batted ninth. BB-R[53], 1B9 one RBI[36], BB, BB, BB.

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 8/19 SEA 5
PHI 2
96-74 28 8.0 4 0 0 0 11 0 2.57
Started the game. Left after eight innings with Seattle up 5-0. Recorded the win. (W, 12-6). Went 0-for-3 at the plate: G4, Kl, K (foul tip). Nikkan Sports 8/20/2014, Nikkan Sports 8/20/2014, Sponichi 8/20/2014, MLB.com Highlights
Tsuyoshi Wada CHC 8/19 SFG 0
CHC 2
79-56 21 5.0 6 0 0 0 3 0 2.75
Started the game. Recorded a rain-shortened shutout victory. (W, 3-1). Went 0-for-0 at the plate: SH1. Nikkan Sports 8/20/2014, Nikkan Sports 8/20/2014, Sponichi 8/20/2014, MLB.com Highlight
Koji Uehara BOS 8/19 LAA 4
BOS 3
15-11 5 1.0 2 1 1 0 1 0 1.53
Entered the game in the top of the 9th with the score tied at three. Gave up the tie-breaking run on back-to-back doubles with two out. Took the loss. (L, 5-3). Nikkan Sports 8/20/2014, Sponichi 8/20/2014

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