NEW YORK -- After two poor outings in his past three save opportunities, Junichi Tazawa is out as the Red Sox closer and Jean Machi is in.
Interim manager Torey Lovullo made the announcement Sunday.
Tazawa allowed four runs last Sunday in blowing a save opportunity against Kansas City. Then, on Friday, Tazawa issued four straight walks, forcing in a run, as the Red Sox nearly blew a three-run lead in the 10th inning.
"We're going to bump him back into the eighth-inning role,'' said Lovullo. "There's a number of reasons for that. I think he just excelled in that role. He was so good in that role and we're going to get him back in that situation for right now.
"Jean will have that role. He was great in that role [Saturday]. He's pitched in big games. There's nothing bigger than World Series games, for me. So he's battle-tested. But we just have to be careful with his workload, too, so we might make some adjustments in that ninth inning depending on what the situation is with Jean. But for right now, we won't bump Taz into that ninth inning. We'll keep him in the eighth inning if Jean is unavailable."
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