Uehara picks up third straight save

Uehara picks up third straight save
June 29, 2013, 12:45 am
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Koji Uehara pitches a perfect ninth inning, picking up his third save in as many games and improving to 3-for-3 since being named the Red Sox closer.

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BOSTON -- Koji Uehara pitched a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts on Friday, recording his third save in as many days, his third since being named the Sox closer on June 21, and fourth of the season. It is the first time in his career he has recorded saves in three consecutive games. He has recorded two strikeouts in each of his last three outings. In total he has thrown 44 pitches, 33 for strikes, an impressive 75 percent strike rate.
 
“After he went through his [pregame] throwing program, he said he was good to go,” Farrell said. “So, we were in a save situation, he was going to be the guy. We stayed away from Junichi [Tazawa] today. He had been hot, five of the last seven days, so he needed a day down. But once again, Koji, very efficient.”
 
“I have to listen to my body,” Uehara said. “If I don't listen to it and get hurt, that would be detrimental to the team.

“During batting practice, I told John that I'd be ready if the situation arises.”
 
Uehara said he gets no more or less enjoyment from closing.
 
“It's something that I've experienced before,” he said. “There's no added joy or enthusiasm.”
 
Uehara, 38, admitted to feeling the effects of three straight days of work.
 
“I felt a little bit fatigued,” he said. “Not as crisp as the last few days.”
 
He then added, with a laugh:
 
“I'm going to tell them that I'm not available tomorrow.”