Koji Uehara named to AL squad

Updated: July 9, 2014, 7:28 PM ET
By Brendan C. Hall | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Red Sox closer Koji Uehara was added to the American League All-Star team on Wednesday, replacing New York Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka, who was placed on the 15-day diasabled list with elbow inflammation.

AL manager John Farrell of the Red Sox had previously tapped Uehara as the first alternate replacement.

In 40 appearances this season, the 39-year-old Uehara has allowed just six earned runs, striking out 52 batters in 41 1/3 innings with a 4-2 record, 18 saves, 1.30 ERA and 0.74 WHIP.

This is the first All-Star team for Uehara since coming to MLB in 2009. In a decade with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball, he was named an All-Star eight times.

Brendan C. Hall

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com
Brendan C. Hall joined ESPNBoston.com as a high schools reporter/editor in May 2010, after four years covering high schools for The Boston Globe. The Westminster, Mass. native also served on the Globe's Bruins beat in 2009.

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