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NEW YORK -- How rare is it that Red Sox closer Koji Uehara has retired 27 consecutive batters dating back to Aug. 17?

The right-hander is the first reliever in team history to pull off the feat, topping lefty Tom Burgmeier's previous record in 1980.

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Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen retired 27 straight batters from July 23-Aug. 8 this season.

The last reliever to retire more than 27 batters in a row was the Giants' Sergio Romo, who got 31 consecutive hitters out from July 4-Aug. 6, 2011.

Uehara has gone 27 innings without allowing a run, his longest streak in either the Majors or Japan.

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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