Notes: Uehara happy to be with Sox after deadline

Notes: Uehara happy to be with Sox after deadline
August 2, 2014, 2:15 am
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BOSTON - It never sounded too serious, but there were trade rumors surrounding Koji Uehara as the deadline neared.

Can you blame other teams? Uehara has been lights out for the Sox since he took over the closer's role last season. This year, he's 5-2 with a 1.45 ERA and 22 saves.

But while teams may have called for Uehara, the Sox weren't interested.

He came on in the 9th Friday night to earn the save in the Sox 4-3 win, and spoke after the game through a translator about being with the team after the trade deadline.

"I'm happy, but wherever I go I'm going to do the same thing," he said. "I'm going to do my job.

"I knew of the stories out there but I had some experience two or three years ago with the Rangers, so I was able to keep a level mind in that kind of situation."

As for his future with the Sox after this year? He's not focusing on that yet.

"I'm not going to look ahead," Uehara said. "I'm going to play. I'm going to pitch the game that I have ahead of me."

He's done just about as good of a job as anybody in that regard.


It wasn't all good news for the Red Sox Friday night.

David Ross had to leave the game in the 7th inning with a right foot injury that's been bothering him as of late. Ross has missed time due to plantar fascia but the hope was that the time off would help heal the pain. Clearly that isn't the case.

"We'll evaluate him [Saturday]," John Farrell said. "It looks like he's got some pain in that plantar fascia tendon so we'll take a look at him tomorrow to make any determination at that point."

Don't expect Ross to play Saturday, as Christian Vazquez will get the start behind the plate. We'll update you tomorrow on Ross' status as soon as word gets out.


Fans got a little extra piece of history Friday night as Derek Jeter homered over the Green Monster in the eighth inning.

For Jeter, it was his third home run of the season, which is his last in the Majors.

But Jeter is no stranger to homering against the Red Sox or at Fenway Park.

That home run marked Jeter's 26th against the Red Sox, the most against any team. It was also his 14th at Fenway Park, the second-highest total at any visiting ballpark (Camden Yards, 15).

The Red Sox play the Yankees eight more times this season, and have one last series at Fenway Park after this one, the last regular-season series of the season.