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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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  • What Koji Uehara's deal means for the Orioles and free-agent reliever Andrew Miller

    What Koji Uehara's deal means for the Orioles and free-agent reliever Andrew Miller
    One of the more intriguing free agents this offseason, as it pertained to the Orioles, was Boston Red Sox closer Koji Uehara. Uehara and his family still live in Baltimore. He turns 40 in April and he struggled some toward the end of last season,...
  • Blast adds Forbess, Saunders as season nears

    Blast adds Forbess, Saunders as season nears
    Indoor soccer Blast adds Forbess, Saunders as season nears The Blast signed defender Kaoru Forbess (Maryland), who had six points last season for the Harrisburg Heat of the Premier Arena Soccer League, and goalkeeper Phil Saunders (UMBC, Perry Hall)...
  • On The Fly: Sox Sticking With Koji

    On The Fly: Sox Sticking With Koji
    The Red Sox are sticking with Koji Uehara. The closer who anchored the 2013 champions signed a two-year, $18-million deal to come back. It's pricey for a 39-year-old closer for sure, but the Sox surveyed the field of closers available in free agency,...
  • Red Sox Re-sign Uehara To Two-Year Deal

    The Red Sox re-signed right hander Koji Uehara to a two-year contract on Thursday. The deal was reported by WEEI.com to be worth $18 million. The 39-year-old reliever finished the 2014 season with 26 saves and a 2.52 ERA with eight walks and 80...
  • Looking at Andrew Friedman's options for reinventing Dodgers' bullpen

    Looking at Andrew Friedman's options for reinventing Dodgers' bullpen
    Still having trouble watching this World Series and not thinking, “The Dodgers have a better team!” Except, of course, for that one little area. That bane of their 2014 existence — the bullpen. Forget for a moment that Adrian...
  • Orioles' success story part of Andy MacPhail legacy

    Orioles' success story part of Andy MacPhail legacy
    BALTIMORE — When Andy MacPhail departed Chicago in 2006 after two postseason appearances in 12 years running the Cubs, he left with one of the more memorable exit lines in franchise history. "It's time," he said. "The clock on the MacPhail-o-meter...
  • Garza foils Orioles again

    Garza foils Orioles again
    Orioles manager Dave Trembley said that his starter "dominated the game with strikes." Pitching coach Rick Kranitz described the performance as "Maddux-esque," and "really special." And the man they spoke of, right-hander Koji Uehara, who is seemingly...
  • MacPhail opts not to return to Orioles

    MacPhail opts not to return to Orioles
    After more than a week of speculation since the end of the season, Andy MacPhail is indeed stepping down as the Orioles' president of baseball operations after four-plus years at the helm, according to a club source. MacPhail is leaving the Orioles to...
  • Who had a better weekend -- the Ravens or the Orioles?

    Who had a better weekend -- the Ravens or the Orioles?
    It was a wild, wacky weekend in the world of American pro sports with NFL free agency hitting full swing on Friday and Major League Baseball’s annual non-waiver trade deadline passing on Sunday afternoon. Things were relatively quiet in Baltimore,...
  • Looking back on the Orioles' trade for Chris Davis

    Looking back on the Orioles' trade for Chris Davis
    Chris Davis was one of the hottest hitters in baseball in the first week of the season, though he has cooled off over the past couple of games. Still, his historic four-game start to the season probably prompted casual sports fans across the country to...
  • The Dodgers' A.J. Ellis breaks down the World Series matchups

    Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis will be offering his analysis throughout the World Series. Ellis, 32, recently completed his second full season as a starter for the Dodgers by batting .333 in a National League division series against the Atlanta Braves and...