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May 6, 2013

Different but dominant: Tazawa, Uehara are unsung heroes

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THE CELEBRATION

It’s no secret Uehara’s post-inning celebrations have been enjoyable for his fellow teammates.

“We’re just hoping for a clean inning so we get to do that with him,” Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks said. “It’s fun. There’s lots of smiles. It’s funny. It’s not like it pumps us up.”

First baseman/outfielder Mike Carp said it does get some teammates pumped though.

“It’s awesome, especially if he’s coming in like that it’s been a quick inning and a good one for us,” Carp said. “It get us all fired up, especially late in the ballgame. It lets you not lose focus on what’s going on the rest of that inning and the two left.”

Uehara’s celebration has been referred to by teammate Joel Hanrahan as “legendary.”

Carp has never seen a pitcher celebrate quite like Uehara.

“Not with that much intensity and as much fire,” Carp said.

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