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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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  • Orioles notebook: New Oriole Davis eager to play every day

    Orioles notebook: New Oriole Davis eager to play every day
    Chris Davis was in the visiting clubhouse at Yankee Stadium by 10:30 Sunday morning and, within a half hour, learned that he would be batting fifth for the Orioles and starting at first base for his new team. "I'm eager to play," said Davis, who along...
  • After Saturday's trades, Orioles stand pat as deadline passes

    After Saturday's trades, Orioles stand pat as deadline passes
    After making two deals Saturday, the Orioles and president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail held on to the rest of their potential chips as Sunday's annual nonwaiver trade deadline passed. "I would say it was pretty quiet today, which was to be...
  • Farewell to one of my favorite Orioles, Mr. Koji Uehara

    When Koji Uehara, the Orioles' first dip into the Asian talent pool, arrived in Baltimore in 2009, one of my favorite things to watch that season was Koji interacting with his new Orioles teammates, especially the awkward high fives like the one...
  • Which team did best at the trade deadline?

    Rangers, Braves fortified Stephen Miller Morning Call Two of the biggest trade deadline acquisitions — Hunter Pence going to the Phillies and Carlos Beltran joining the Giants — came from teams already well-positioned to reach the playoffs....
  • Simon stymies Royals as Orioles win, 8-2

    Simon stymies Royals as Orioles win, 8-2
    As the Orioles' rotation continues to crumble and the front office scrambles for replacements, perhaps it is fitting that one of the club's only reliable options is a player who many thought wouldn't throw a pitch in 2011. Alfredo Simon, who spent two...
  • News, notes and random thoughts on the Orioles and winter meetings

    News, notes and random thoughts on the Orioles and winter meetings
    Shortstop Jose Reyes, with that bizarre Miami Marlins hat, was just on the podium announcing his new six-year, $106 million deal with the Marlins. Reyes is a great player, but it is such a strange fit there since the Marlins’ top star is Hanley...
  • Orioles agree to terms with Japanese LHP Tsuyoshi Wada

    Orioles agree to terms with Japanese LHP Tsuyoshi Wada
    The Orioles have agreed to terms with Japanese lefty starter Tsuyoshi Wada, which reopens their pipeline to Japan, according to an industry source. He will sign a two-year, $8.15 million deal with a 2014 option worth $5 million, the source said. It is...
  • Showalter talks about international buys

    Showalter talks about international buys
    Orioles manager Buck Showalter will not confirm that the club has agreed to terms with Japanese lefty Tsuyoshi Wada to a two-year, $8.15 million deal with a $5 million option for 2014. But, speaking in general terms, Showalter said he supports the...
  • Orioles agree to terms with Japanese pitcher Wada

    Orioles agree to terms with Japanese pitcher Wada
    Two of Dan Duquette's primary goals when he took over as the Orioles' executive vice president last month were to immediately improve the club's starting rotation and strengthen its presence in the international marketplace. He might have done both...
  • Quick thoughts on international signings

    Quick thoughts on international signings
    With news that the Orioles have agreed to terms with Japanese lefty Tsuyoshi Wada, that they are pursuing Taiwanese lefty Chen Wei-Yin and that they attempted but failed to sign Korean Chong Tae-Hyon, it’s obvious the club’s international...
  • Some Orioles notes (Wada, Darvish, Dice-K, Scott)

    Some Orioles notes (Wada, Darvish, Dice-K, Scott)
    The Orioles announced shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday that they had signed 30-year-old Japanese left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada. An introductory conference will be held at Camden Yards at 4 p.m. on Thursday. It won’t be as big of a deal as when the...