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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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  • Orioles' Uehara aware of trade talk

    Orioles' Uehara aware of trade talk
    Orioles reliever Koji Uehara's English is still a work-in progress, but that doesn't mean that he's not aware of the ongoing speculation about his future in Baltimore. "To be mentioned and to hear my name in the [trade] rumors obviously is a good thing,"...
  • Orioles lack quality trade chips as deadline nears

    Orioles lack quality trade chips as deadline nears
    When the Orioles acquired several players on one-year deals this offseason, it was expected that they'd have a surplus of trade bait if they were out of contention in the summer. Well, it's late July and the Orioles are again buried in the American...
  • Notebook: Amid trade rumors, Lee focuses on finishing strong

    Notebook: Amid trade rumors, Lee focuses on finishing strong
    Derrek Lee has been in this situation before, so he is probably the last guy who is going to be affected by hearing his name in trade rumors. With the Chicago Cubs last year, Lee vetoed a deal to the Los Angeles Angels before the nonwaiver trade...
  • Guthrie pitches Orioles to 4-2 win over Yankees

    Guthrie pitches Orioles to 4-2 win over Yankees
    If this is the end for Jeremy Guthrie, if the right-hander's five seasons as an Oriole are over, at least he walked off the mound successfully. He finally won as an Oriole at new Yankee Stadium. Guthrie spun seven strong innings in the Orioles' 4-2...
  • Orioles trade reliever Uehara to Rangers, 1st baseman Lee to Pirates

    Orioles trade reliever Uehara to Rangers, 1st baseman Lee to Pirates
    NEW YORK – In an attempt to fill holes in the rotation and infield for now and in the future, the Orioles traded reliever Koji Uehara and $2 million to the Texas Rangers on Saturday for first baseman Chris Davis and right-handed pitcherTommy Hunter....
  • Young starters roughed up as Orioles drop doubleheader to Yankees

    Young starters roughed up as Orioles drop doubleheader to Yankees
    NEW YORK - On a day in which the Orioles traded two of their more popular veterans for three young players, the club turned a doubleheader in Yankee Stadium over to two 23-year-old starting pitchers who are supposed to be part of the future. It’s...
  • Orioles' 4-2 loss to Yankees ends draining series

    Orioles' 4-2 loss to Yankees ends draining series
    The Orioles knew heading into their four-game, three-day series with the New York Yankees in the Bronx that it would be draining one. Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Yankees -- the Orioles' ninth loss in 10 tries this season against their American League East...
  • Orioles notebook: New Oriole Davis eager to play every day

    Orioles notebook: New Oriole Davis eager to play every day
    Chris Davis was in the visiting clubhouse at Yankee Stadium by 10:30 Sunday morning and, within a half hour, learned that he would be batting fifth for the Orioles and starting at first base for his new team. "I'm eager to play," said Davis, who along...
  • After Saturday's trades, Orioles stand pat as deadline passes

    After Saturday's trades, Orioles stand pat as deadline passes
    After making two deals Saturday, the Orioles and president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail held on to the rest of their potential chips as Sunday's annual nonwaiver trade deadline passed. "I would say it was pretty quiet today, which was to be...
  • Farewell to one of my favorite Orioles, Mr. Koji Uehara

    When Koji Uehara, the Orioles' first dip into the Asian talent pool, arrived in Baltimore in 2009, one of my favorite things to watch that season was Koji interacting with his new Orioles teammates, especially the awkward high fives like the one...
  • Which team did best at the trade deadline?

    Rangers, Braves fortified Stephen Miller Morning Call Two of the biggest trade deadline acquisitions — Hunter Pence going to the Phillies and Carlos Beltran joining the Giants — came from teams already well-positioned to reach the playoffs....
  • Simon stymies Royals as Orioles win, 8-2

    Simon stymies Royals as Orioles win, 8-2
    As the Orioles' rotation continues to crumble and the front office scrambles for replacements, perhaps it is fitting that one of the club's only reliable options is a player who many thought wouldn't throw a pitch in 2011. Alfredo Simon, who spent two...