Koji Uehara was the gift that fell from the sky in 2013 and now the Red Sox wonder if he’s the gift that will keep on giving.
Uehara is the strike-throwing machine — the fourth closer Boston used in 2013 — and once he assumed the role on June 26 he was one of the more dependable pitchers in all of baseball. He heads a strong Red Sox bullpen that has also been enhanced with former Cardinals closer Edward Mujica, a strike-throwing righthander, and former Brewer Burke Badenhop, another strike-thrower who will add depth.
Uehara remains the focal point, and with good reason. He pitched more innings — 88 all together — than he has since he entered the majors in 2009 as an Orioles starter. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.