Koji Uehara finds a home with Red Sox Boston’s closer owns the ninth inning. If he keeps it up, he’ll own this town. ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Barry Chin/Globe Staff By almost every statistical measure, Koji Uehara has been the best relief pitcher in the American League. Stephen Dunn/Getty Images/File 2006 He got his start in college and worked his way to games like the World Baseball Classic in 2006. Koji Sasahara/AP/File 2002 Former Red Sox outfielder Gabe Kapler played with Uehara for the Yomiuri Giants in 2005. Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images/File 2006 "He was the Greg Maddux of Japan, somebody with great control," said Kapler, now an analyst for Fox Sports 1. Shizuo Kambayashi/AP/File 2002 Barry Bonds held his bat upside down after he was struck out by Uehara during the opening game of the Japan-US all-star baseball series. Shizuo Kambayashi/AP/File 2002 Those experiences only added to Uehara's desire to play in the majors. Greg Fiume/Getty Images/File 2009 Uehara came to Major League Baseball when he signed with the Baltimore Orioles. Rob Carr/Getty Images/File 2011 "As a teammate, I think he was one of the best teammates I ever had," said Orioles center fielder Adam Jones. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/File 2011 Uehara was traded to the Texas Rangers. His wife and son live in Baltimore during the season and often for a few weeks after. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/file 2011 When the Red Sox offered him a one-year contract worth $4.25 million, he took it. Barry Chin/Globe Staff/file Only in recent weeks have the souvenir stands at Fenway Park sold T-shirts bearing his name and No. 19. JOHN TLUMACKI/GLOBE STAFF For now, the only thing that matters to him is continuing this unprecedented run. Winslow Townson/Getty Images/File 2013 "I can't lose focus on what I'm doing," he said. "I think about the next pitch, the next batter. That's it."