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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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  • 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...
  • New Orioles pitcher Wada begins transition from Japan

    New Orioles pitcher Wada begins transition from Japan
    The Orioles' new starting pitcher, Tsuyoshi Wada, likely won't make his Camden Yards debut until the first full week of April, and it won't be known for several months how well he'll make the transition from Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball to major...
  • Coffee Companion -- 6/15: Connor quits and another O's loss, eh?

    Coffee Companion -- 6/15: Connor quits and another O's loss, eh?
    Each morning, Monday through Friday, I'll hook you up with reading material to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday -- that way I'll have an excuse to do the same at the start of mine.  Running it back: Life in...
  • Orioles open Nationals series with a dud

    Orioles open Nationals series with a dud
    There have been plenty of times this season when it would have been easy to sum up another Orioles loss by looking at just one play or one statistic. But not Friday night, not when there was so much bad baseball to choose from, not when the Orioles all...
  • Orioles push Arrieta's start back to Wednesday

    Orioles push Arrieta's start back to Wednesday
    Jake Arrieta's next start will be pushed back four days as the right-hander deals with inflammation related to the bone spur in his right elbow. Arrieta, whose next turn would have been Saturday against the Cincinnati Reds, is tentatively scheduled to...
  • 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...