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Help wanted: Sox closer
Koji Uehara on Sunday became the latest victim of the 2013 Closer Curse, joining Joel Hanrahan, Andrew Bailey and even Junichi Tazawa. Uehara allowed a game-tying homer to Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista in a game the resilient Red Sox nonetheless won, 5-4.
It seems like we've been referring to the middle relievers as overworked since the second week of April, and that adjective can only be applied so many times before it yields to "injured."
"That's why Andrew Bailey, getting him back on track, is one of our main goals right now," Farrell said. "It would give our bullpen a huge lift and this team a huge lift."
The front office is exploring both internal and external options to address the ninth, though they'd love to see either Bailey or Uehara solidify the job. The concern with the latter isn't performance but durability, and he admitted Sunday to still feeling tired after his fourth appearance in five days.
The reality is that rarely happens.
"Hopefully you're clicking in the last month of the season," Nieves said. "Usually there are bumps and bruises. It happens to every staff. You never have a perfect five starters all season, and you never have seven guys all season in the bullpen. I don't think there's ever been a team like that. It's expected. We have Plan B and Plan C at all times."
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