Koji Uehara replaces Masahiro Tanaka in All-Star GameThe Red Sox closer will take the place of the injured Tanaka
Tanaka (12-4, 2.51 ERA, 129.1 IP, 111 H, 19 BB, 135 SO), elected an American League All-Star by his fellow A.L. players in his first season in Major League Baseball, was placed on the 15-day disabled list today with right elbow inflammation. Uehara, 39, will make his debut in the Midsummer Classic in his sixth Major League season. He was an eight-time Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) All-Star. The right-hander has appeared in 40 games this season, posting a 4-2 record, 18 saves and a 1.30 ERA. He has allowed only 25 hits in 41.2 innings, striking out 52 batters compared to just six walks. The 2013 ALCS Most Valuable Player was a key to Boston's 2013 World Series Championship, converting all seven of his save opportunities in the Postseason. In the 2013 regular season, he fashioned a 1.09 ERA, a 0.57 WHIP and only 33 hits allowed in 74.1 innings, fanning 101. Uehara will join teammate Jon Lester in the Twin Cities for the 2014 Midsummer Classic.
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