Junichi Tazawa has been showing signs of fatigue throughout the second half of the 2015 season and he walked four of the six batters he faced in an ugly appearance Friday night against the New York Mets.
Jean Machi contributed 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief in that same game and he earned a save on Saturday evening against the leaders of the National League East race with another spotless frame.
So you probably could have predicted that this announcement was coming at some point Sunday from interim Red Sox manager Torey Lovullo …
Lovullo announces that Tazawa will go back to 8th inning with Machi taking over as closer
— Sean McAdam (@Sean_McAdam) August 30, 2015
Machi owns a rough 5.21 ERA in 46 2/3 total innings this season between San Francisco and Boston, but the out-of-contention Red Sox will simply roll with what’s currently working as they play out the string.