Red Sox manager John Farrell called on Junichi Tazawa in all four games in the Division Series, and in his first-ever postseason, Tazawa was nearly untouchable.
In 2⅓ scoreless innings, he faced seven batters, gave up just one hit, and came through with two critical strikeouts.
As the Sox head for their first American League Championship Series since 2008, the lights will only get brighter, but Tazawa is embracing it.
“There’s a little bit of additional pressure, just because the stage is a little bit bigger,” Tazawa said through Red Sox interpreter C.J. Matsumoto. “But it’s something that I can enjoy, and I’m enjoying it.” Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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