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Red Sox turn to Koji Uehara to close

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DETROIT — The season is not yet half over and the Red Sox have their third closer. It’s righthander Koji Uehara, who was selected to replace Andrew Bailey on Friday.

Uehara laughed when asked how long he expected to keep the job.

“I’m assuming two or three days,” he said via interpreter C.J. Matsumoto.

It certainly hasn’t been a very secure job since the Red Sox let Jonathan Papelbon walk out the door as a free agent following the 2011 season.

Bailey was supposed to close last season but spent the first four and half months on the disabled list following thumb surgery. Alfredo Aceves had the job then lost it to Bailey.

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