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The Koji legend grows

Turns out, Boston's accidental closer has a knack for thriving under pressure

Updated: October 18, 2013, 10:07 PM ET
By Jackie MacMullan | ESPNBoston.com

DETROIT -- He makes it look breezy, effortless, flinging his slender frame toward home plate with the exuberance of a kid playing sandlot baseball.

But Red Sox reliever Koji Uehara isn't some teenager. He's 38 years old, the third choice of manager John Farrell to be the closer, pressed into that role only when Joel Hanrahan and Andrew Bailey were lost to season-ending injuries.

You could understand why Uehara wasn't Farrell's initial preference. He struggled as a playoff ...

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