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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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  • 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...
  • Orioles notes: Jackson, Uehara

    Orioles notes: Jackson, Uehara
    Fox Sports has reported that free-agent right-hander Edwin Jackson has multiple three-year offers available. Not sure if the Orioles are one of the teams that have made an offer, but it would make sense if they were. The Orioles like Jackson and would...
  • Orioles reliever Kevin Gregg hopes for turnaround season in 2012

    Orioles reliever Kevin Gregg hopes for turnaround season in 2012
    Orioles reliever Kevin Gregg has been a major league closer long enough to know the formula for long-term, late-inning success. The key ingredient: a short memory. This time last year, Gregg was coming off arguably his best major league season,...
  • It looks like O's are ready to make some moves

    It looks like O's are ready to make some moves
    So apparently Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette is a pretty popular guy these days. Over the weekend, several rumors gained steam that the Orioles were willing trade partners in at least two possible deals. From the...
  • Trade demands currently too high for Orioles

    Trade demands currently too high for Orioles
    While the Orioles have been in trade talks with the Cardinals and Rangers in continuing efforts to upgrade their pitching, discussions seem to have stalled. In both cases, their trade partners' demands are, at this point, too steep for the Orioles,...
  • Which Orioles prospects could be trade bait? Not a lot of options

    Which Orioles prospects could be trade bait? Not a lot of options
    I’ve gotten several emails in the past few days about the Orioles and their trade possibilities. I've been asked why they haven't made a deal already for St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Kyle McClellan or the Texas Rangers' Koji Uehara or another fill-...
  • Orioles playing waiting game with unsigned draft picks

    Orioles playing waiting game with unsigned draft picks
    With fewer than four weeks remaining to sign his 2011 draft picks, Orioles director of amateur scouting Joe Jordan finds himself in a familiar position in late July. "We're just kind of in a waiting mode on some stuff," Jordan said. "We have offers out...
  • Josh Bell hopes for a longer stay on Orioles roster

    Josh Bell hopes for a longer stay on Orioles roster
    Josh Bell's last major-league call-up was so quick he couldn't even pour a cup of coffee. He was in Baltimore on Monday, pinch-hit, singled and scored a run against the Boston Red Sox, and then returned to Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday. The 24-year-old...
  • Bergesen, Orioles beat Angels 3-2

    Bergesen, Orioles beat Angels 3-2
    Brad Bergesen has had his share of struggles this season, so it would be hard to begrudge the young right-hander getting a little excited when something went his way. In the sixth inning Saturday, the usually stoic Bergesen pounded his fist in his...
  • Guthrie's quality start wasted in Orioles' loss to Angels

    Guthrie's quality start wasted in Orioles' loss to Angels
    Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie insists that he's frustrated only with himself, not with his abominable win-loss record, his team's failure to provide him consistent run support or the constant trade rumors that swirl every time that he pitches. However,...