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BALTIMORE -- For an extended period, John Farrell met with closer Koji Uehara in the manager's office at Camden Yards.

But when the two emerged, Farrell insisted there were no issues with the veteran reliever.

"Koji's fine,'' said Farrell. "(It's) no different than with other guys - a chance to sit down and talk with. Just touching base after the three consecutive games he pitched (last Thursday through Saturday) and he came through it fine. It was more checking in to see how he came through the repeated use.''

Uehara was unavailable on Sunday when the Sox scored seven runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to overtake Oakland. The Sox so no need to pitch him four straight days, so Tommy Layne handled the ninth.

It was here in Baltimore, of course, that Uehara had a poor outing back on April 19, leading some to believe he might not pitch effectively in the closer's role.

But since then, Uehara has been remarkably consistent. In 17 games between trips to Baltimore, Uehara was 10-for-11 in save chances with a 1.84 ERA, allowing just eight hits in 14 2/3 innings.