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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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  • Despite recent struggles, Uehara says he feels fine

    Despite recent struggles, Uehara says he feels fine
    Orioles reliever Koji Uehara said he feels better than he did at any time last season. It just hasn't shown in his results recently. Uehara started the year with 4 2/3 scoreless innings in his first five games, allowing just one hit and two walks. In his...
  • Orioles have decision to make with Matusz

    Orioles have decision to make with Matusz
    Brian Matusz felt like he needed one more rehab start before rejoining the Orioles. Now, it's up to the Orioles to decide whether he was right. Matusz allowed one run on four hits and a walk while striking out seven in five-plus innings for Triple-A...
  • Notebook: Instead of being lockdown closer, Gonzalez is mopping up

    Notebook: Instead of being lockdown closer, Gonzalez is mopping up
    When Michael Gonzalez signed a two-year, $12 million deal before the 2010 season, he envisioned entering the game in the ninth inning and closing out an Orioles' victory against a tough divisional foe. Gonzalez did that in the Orioles' victory over the...
  • Before Orioles talk of improvement, they must first reverse recent struggles in Toronto

    Before Orioles talk of improvement, they must first reverse recent struggles in Toronto
    After getting swept by the New York Yankees this week to end Baltimore’s season-opening, six-game homestand, the Orioles need to get away, right? Maybe not. The Orioles will open their first road trip of the season – a three-city, 10-game...
  • 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...
  • 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...