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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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    With Jim Johnson gone, who closes games for the Orioles now?
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    In terms of baseball economics, trading Jim Johnson makes sense for Orioles
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  • Red Sox hold ace-high hand as Jon Lester beats Cardinals

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  • Did Koji Uehara almost sign with Orioles?

    Did Koji Uehara almost sign with Orioles?
    Japanese pitcher Koji Uehara is in the traveling squad that arrived for Wednesday night's game between the Orioles and Boston Red Sox at Ed Smith Stadium, and he was happy to see some of his old friends. He said through his interpreter that he thought...
  • Davis and Hunter reflect on pre-deadline deal that brought them to Baltimore

    Davis and Hunter reflect on pre-deadline deal that brought them to Baltimore
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  • Orioles bullpen blows late lead in 4-3 loss to Red Sox

    BOSTON — After being throttled by the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Tuesday night, several Orioles said they believed a one-run loss was more painful than an 11-run blowout. Now, they have an easy, comparative study. Taking a two-run lead into...