Junichi Tazawa

Why Junichi Tazawa didn't pitch in Friday's 12-8 loss to Astros

Ryan Hannable
July 03, 2015 - 8:44 pm
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Red Sox reliever Junichi Tazawa has been used in 36 of the 82 games this season, by far the most on the team and tied for 11th-most in the American League. After not appearing in a game since June 28 and the Red Sox being in a tie game in both the eighth and 10th innings, it was quite a surprise not to see Tazawa used in a game the Red Sox fell 12-8 to the Astros. Following the game it was unveiled why. "He needed the series off in Toronto given how much the work load was in Tampa Bay He threw a bullpen earlier today. After the bullpen he was deemed OK and yet advised not be be used tonight -- to not get him warmed up or hot twice in one day," manager John Farrell said. "He will be available for tomorrow, but that was what the plan laid out to get on the mound today, but not be available tonight. Otherwise he would be in the eighth or the tenth, either of those situations." The Astros scored a run in the eighth inning on a leadoff home run by Carlos Correa off Craig Breslow and then tagged Noe Ramirez, who was making his major league debut, for four runs in the 10th inning, as he took the loss. "It was the coaches' decision to have some rest. It was all in the coaches' hands," Tazawa said through a translator following the game. Overall, Tazawa is 0-3 with a 2.62 ERA on the year. He hasn't allowed a run over his last four outings, spanning five innings. For more Red Sox news, check out weei.com/redsox.

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