FORT MYERS, Fla. — Junichi Tazawa pitched in six games for the Red Sox in 2009 and didn’t look like a future star. He was technically sound for a 23-year-old with little professional experience and threw several pitches for strikes. But there wasn’t one pitch that set the righthander apart.
In his major league debut, Tazawa entered a scoreless game at Yankee Stadium in the 14th inning. He survived one inning then allowed a deep two-run, walkoff home run by Alex Rodriguez.