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Struggling closer Koji Uehara temporarily removed from role with Red Sox

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BOSTON — Koji Uehara has been removed temporarily from his closer's role with the Boston Red Sox.

PHOTO: Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara reacts after allowing a game-tying home run by New York Yankees' Mark Teixeira in the ninth inning of a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. Uehara gave up a winning home run to Chase Headley shortly after, as the Yankees won 5-4. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara reacts after allowing a game-tying home run by New York Yankees' Mark Teixeira in the ninth inning of a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. Uehara gave up a winning home run to Chase Headley shortly after, as the Yankees won 5-4. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

The move comes one day after Uehara allowed solo homers by Mark Teixeira and Chase Headley in the ninth inning that lifted the New York Yankees to a 5-4 win. It was Uehara's third loss in five outings and his third straight blown save opportunity.

Manager John Farrell says Edward Mujica will become the closer. He also says Uehara has no physical ailments and is not being shut down for the season.

Last year, Uehara was 4-1 with a 1.09 ERA and 21 saves in 24 opportunities. In the postseason, he was 1-1 with a 0.68 ERA and seven saves in seven chances as Boston won its third championship since 2004.

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