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Baseball: Ex-Red Sox reliever Junichi Tazawa joins Mexican League team

In this Jan. 21, 2014 file photo, Japanese Boston Red Sox pitchers Junichi Tazawa, left, and Koji Uehara, right, and U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, center, pose for photos at the envoy's official residence in Tokyo. (Mainichi/Pool photo)

TORONTO (Kyodo) -- Japanese right-hander Junichi Tazawa has joined the Durango Generals, a professional baseball team in the Mexican League, the team said Wednesday.

    The 35-year-old journeyman spent parts of nine seasons in Major League Baseball, and was a member of the World Series-winning Boston Red Sox team in 2013. He played in 388 games, going 21-26 with a 4.12 ERA and four saves.

    The veteran reliever joined the Saitama Musashi Heat Bears of the independent Route Inn Baseball Challenge League in Japan in July 2020, shortly after he was released by the Cincinnati Reds who had signed him to a minor-league deal.

    Last year, Tazawa played Taiwan's Chinese Professional Baseball League for the Wei Chuan Dragons and notched 30 saves.

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