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Koji an All-Star After All

Koji Uehara was named to his first All-Star team on Wednesday, replacing injured Yankee Masahiro Tanaka. Jim Rogash/Getty Images

BOSTON – Red Sox closer Koji Uehara was named to the American League All-Star team on Wednesday. He will replace his fellow Japanese righthander Masahiro Tanaka, whom the Yankees placed on the disabled list today.

In 40 appearances, spanning 41 2/3 innings, Uehara, 39, has posted a record of 4-2 with 18 saves in 19 chances, a 1.30 ERA, 0.74 WHIP, and 11.2 strikeouts-to-walks ratio. Despite the Red Sox' poor season, Uehara has fourth-most saves in American League.

This will be his first appearance on an All-Star team in six seasons in Major League Baseball. He was an eight-time All-Star in Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan, where he was also the rookie of the Year in 1999 when he won the Central League’s Triple Crown.

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