Ranking The Red Sox Playoff Roster

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No. 5: Koji Uehara, RP

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When Uehara came to spring training, there were only a couple of Japanese reporters on hand, and the Boston media paid scant notice. Now he is big news back in his home country, and bigger news in his adopted city, where it's impossible to imagine the Sox advancing this far without him. He could be this October's Rivera. -- Edes