Uehara picks up where he left off in spring debut

Uehara picks up where he left off in spring debut
March 3, 2014, 6:15 pm
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BRADENTON, Fla. -- It was a Grapefruit League game, on the road, and he was brought in for the fourth inning.

But some things never change for Koji Uehara. In his first game action since the ninth inning of Game 6 of the World Series last Oct. 30, Uehara retired all three hitters he faced, two by strikeouts. He needed 14 pitches, 10 of which were strikes.

"He continues on," marveled John Farrell after the Red Sox’ 7-6 loss to the Pirates. "After four months down, he picks up right where he left off. He's just a joy to watch pitch."

"Shocking that he threw four balls," noted Brandon Workman. "That's what's shocking about that."

"I just did what I wanted to do," shrugged Uehara. "It doesn't really count. During spring training, it's difficult (to replicate normal adrenaline)."