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July 09. 2014 9:53PM

Uehara named to AL all-star team


Red Sox starting pitcher Rubby De La Rosa watches Chicago's Conor Gillaspie round the bases after his second-inning home run on Wednesday night at Fenway Park in Boston. (USA TODAY Sports)

In the latest twist of the rivalry between the Yankees and the Red Sox, a Boston pitcher will replace an injured New York pitcher on the American League All-Star team.

Red Sox closer Koji Uehara will take the spot of Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, who landed on the disabled list Wednesday due to right elbow inflammation.

Uehara’s manager, John Farrell, who heads the AL All-Star team, made the substitute selection Wednesday.

A 39-year-old veteran, Uehara is heading to his first All-Star Game. He has 18 saves in 19 opportunities this year, compiling a 4-2 record and a 1.30 ERA.

In Boston’s run to the World Series title last year, Uehara was nearly untouchable. He converted all seven of his postseason save chances and went 1-1 with a 0.66 ERA in 13 appearances. In the 2013 regular season, Uehara went 4-1 with a 1.09 ERA and 21 saves.

Uehara joins left-hander Jon Lester to give Boston two All-Stars.

Tanaka, in the midst of a stellar rookie season, leads the majors in wins. The 25-year-old is 12-4 with a 2.51 ERA through 18 starts.


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