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Junichi Tazawa has never played a full season in the majors.
So after pitching 41⅔ innings in the season’s first half — nearly equalling his total for 2012 — the 27-year-old felt like he was wearing down a bit.
“I wasn’t physically, but a little mentally wounded,” Tazawa said through a translator.
Over the All-Star break Tazawa relaxed. A few times, he went out to dinner with countryman and fellow Red Sox reliever Koji Uehara.
Tazawa valued those conversations.
“That worked wonders for me,” Tazawa said.
Tazawa’s performance on Tuesday backed that up.