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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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    Possibility of Orioles using Tommy Hunter at closer looking more likely each day
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  • Orioles' All-Star starters all came via trades executed by Andy MacPhail

    Orioles' All-Star starters all came via trades executed by Andy MacPhail
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    What they're saying about the Orioles' trade for Francisco Rodriguez
    The Orioles made what could be considered a classic trade deadline move Tuesday, dealing promising prospect Nick Delmonico to the Milwaukee Brewers for right-handed reliever Francisco Rodriguez, a piece that could be critical to a postseason run. It&...
  • 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
    Two years ago Tuesday, Tommy Hunter and Chris Davis received a set of phone calls in a Toronto hotel room: They were traded from the pennant-chasing Texas Rangers to the last-place Orioles in a move that would help alter the course of a franchise and...
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    Wei-Yin Chen continues to struggle in the late innings of games
    Sometimes statistics don’t mesh with perception. In the case of Orioles lefty Wei-Yin Chen and his struggles in the late innings, things match up. Chen was cruising on Sunday afternoon when he got to the seventh. He had given up just four hits,...
  • Orioles bullpen blows late lead in 4-3 loss to Red Sox

    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...
  • Chris Davis' record homer helps Orioles defeat the Red Sox 3-2

    Chris Davis' record homer helps Orioles defeat the Red Sox 3-2
    BOSTON – Chris Davis hit his way into the Orioles record books Tuesday night with his 51st home run of the season — a ball that caught the chilly New England air and suddenly took off, much like his breakout 2013 season — setting a new...
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    Despite the teams' varied differences, Orioles could learn from Boston's blueprint for success
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  • Looking back on the Orioles' trade for Chris Davis

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  • Orioles, Rangers wild-card rosters released

    Orioles, Rangers wild-card rosters released
    ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Orioles and Rangers announced their rosters for tonight’s one-game American League wild-card playoff at Rangers Ballpark. Not a lot of surprises. Orioles manager Buck Showalter will have 10 relievers to pick from tonight...
  • 'Patience is paying off' for Orioles slugger Chris Davis

    'Patience is paying off' for Orioles slugger Chris Davis
    Chris Davis' astonishing start to this season hasn't occurred by accident. Through 12 games, he's putting up numbers that are only fit for video games. But it's the result of the 27-year-old Orioles first baseman's realizing that he can truly get more...
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    Jones and Davis stay hot as Orioles beat Red Sox, 3-2, and take series
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