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Koji Uehara

Koji Uehara
Koji Uehara is a right-handed pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles in Major League Baseball. Uehara became the first Japanese-born player in Orioles history when he agreed to a two-year contract with the team in January 2009.

Uehara spent 10 seasons with the Japanese Central League's Yomiuri Giants in Nippon Professional Baseball, going 112-62 with a 3.01 ERA. He collected 1,376 strikeouts and walked only 206 hitters in 276 career games for the Giants, a 6.68 strikeouts-to-walks ratio. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound pitcher won the Sawamura Award, the Japanese version of the Cy Young Award, in 1999 and 2002.

Uehara was 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA for Japan in the 2006 World Baseball Classic...
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Koji Uehara is a right-handed pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles in Major League Baseball. Uehara became the first Japanese-born player in Orioles history when he agreed to a two-year contract with the team in January 2009.

Uehara spent 10 seasons with the Japanese Central League's Yomiuri Giants in Nippon Professional Baseball, going 112-62 with a 3.01 ERA. He collected 1,376 strikeouts and walked only 206 hitters in 276 career games for the Giants, a 6.68 strikeouts-to-walks ratio. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound pitcher won the Sawamura Award, the Japanese version of the Cy Young Award, in 1999 and 2002.

Uehara was 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA for Japan in the 2006 World Baseball Classic. He also represented Japan in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, posting a save in two perfect innings as a closer in 2008 and going 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA to help Japan win the Bronze medal in 2004.

Uehara was born on April 3, 1975.
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  • It looks like O's are ready to make some moves

    It looks like O's are ready to make some moves
    So apparently Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette is a pretty popular guy these days. Over the weekend, several rumors gained steam that the Orioles were willing trade partners in at least two possible deals. From the...
  • Trade demands currently too high for Orioles

    Trade demands currently too high for Orioles
    While the Orioles have been in trade talks with the Cardinals and Rangers in continuing efforts to upgrade their pitching, discussions seem to have stalled. In both cases, their trade partners' demands are, at this point, too steep for the Orioles,...
  • Which Orioles prospects could be trade bait? Not a lot of options

    Which Orioles prospects could be trade bait? Not a lot of options
    I’ve gotten several emails in the past few days about the Orioles and their trade possibilities. I've been asked why they haven't made a deal already for St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Kyle McClellan or the Texas Rangers' Koji Uehara or another fill-...
  • Orioles notebook: Once again, Andino's role in question heading into season

    Orioles notebook: Once again, Andino's role in question heading into season
    SARASOTA, Fla. — Robert Andino arrived at the Ed Smith Stadium complex Monday in a familiar position, his role with the Orioles dependent on the status of second baseman Brian Roberts. In previous years, that might have been cause for some job...
  • Orioles push Arrieta's start back to Wednesday

    Orioles push Arrieta's start back to Wednesday
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  • Lee's walk-off homer in 12th pushes O's past Reds

    Lee's walk-off homer in 12th pushes O's past Reds
    Derrek Lee hadn't hit a homer since May 8, but he certainly remembers what it feels like to make good contact with a pitch. So the second the ball left his bat in the 12th inning, Lee knew exactly what he had just done. He didn't need to see his...
  • Orioles' Reimold staying patient with lack of playing time

    Orioles' Reimold staying patient with lack of playing time
    Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold is plenty aware of his situation: He is the lone right-handed hitter in a crowded left-field picture, meaning he's on the wrong end of a platoon. So when the Orioles face a string of right-handed starters — as...
  • Rotation's short stints spell end of Rapada's tenure with Orioles

    Rotation's short stints spell end of Rapada's tenure with Orioles
    The inability of the Orioles' rotation to go deep into games claimed its first victim of 2011: left-handed reliever Clay Rapada. The lefty specialist who was 0-0 with a 7.30 ERA in 22 appearances this season was designated for assignment Wednesday when...
  • O's expect to have only one All-Star, though more are worthy

    O's expect to have only one All-Star, though more are worthy
    When the 2011 American League All-Star team is revealed Sunday afternoon, the Orioles expect one trend to continue. Even with perhaps more worthy All-Star candidates than in the past, a group that includes shortstop J.J. Hardy, center fielder Adam...
  • Reynolds blasts Orioles past Braves, 5-4

    Reynolds blasts Orioles past Braves, 5-4
    A day after a frustrated Mark Reynolds stood by his locker and said his two-homer game meant nothing because the end result was another loss, the third baseman rescued the Orioles with one more powerful swing. A half-inning after the Atlanta Braves had...
  • Showalter one of many Orioles with ties to Rangers

    Showalter one of many Orioles with ties to Rangers
    Just about a year ago, when the Orioles were in town to play the Texas Rangers in the series prior to the All-Star Break, Buck Showalter was contemplating whether he should return to the game as Orioles manager. He even had a clandestine meeting near...