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By Matt Vensel | August 1, 2011
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 pictured above (a photographer snapped that one last August). In my defense, should-have-been relievers Mark Hendickson and Alfredo Simon and the immortal Adam Eaton joined Uehara in the Opening Day rotation that year, so pretty much any distraction from the actual baseball part was quite welcome.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
There's roughly 80 minutes left before the nonwaiver trade deadline expires, and the Orioles have not yet made a move. I don't think that's necessarily indicative of what will occur in the next hour-plus. I talked to one guy today who joked that Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette should be wearing a watch that keeps track of seconds -- because that's how he often plays these deadlines. The trade for Bud Norris last year on this day went down at the last minute, so it would be no shock if an 11th-hour deal like that happens again.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | November 28, 2012
Despite it being the club's primary strength last season, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette has not ruled out the possibility of improving his bullpen - and one consideration is a reunion with popular former Oriole right-hander Koji Uehara. The Orioles have already met with Japanese free agent closer Kyuji Fujikawa, who would be a set-up man in the majors, and they are at least considering other late-inning relievers, including Uehara, who played with the Orioles from 2009 until he was dealt away in July 2011.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2014
The Orioles have been searching the past few weeks for the Chris Tillman who showed up Tuesday night at Camden Yards -- the guy who can survive a rough situation, pitch through it and keep his team in the game. The problem, though, is that the Orioles' offense went missing in a 1-0 loss to the Boston Red Sox -- turning in the club's weakest performance of the season. “The Red Sox didn't just come in and say, 'Here's all fastballs, just beat us to death,' no,” Orioles designated hitter Adam Jones said.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2010
— Not wanting to take any chances with a 35-year-old who has an extensive injury history, there was a time earlier this season when the Orioles wouldn't pitch Koji Uehara on back-to-back days. But not only has Uehara's role changed — from setup man to closer — but so has his workload. Uehara pitched in six of his team's past eight games before he was given the afternoon off in the Orioles' 6-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers today. With Uehara unavailable, Orioles manager Buck Showalter never had to tip his hand on whom he would have used in a save situation because the Tigers scored five times in the eighth inning to turn a one-run deficit into a four-run lead.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,dan.connolly@baltsun.com | January 9, 2009
Koji Uehara might not be the same pitcher he was several years ago, but he can still be an effective member of a major league rotation, according to Japan's most famous American baseball personality. It's tough to gauge whether a Japanese player can make the transition to the major leagues until it happens, said Bobby Valentine, the former big league skipper and player who manages the Chiba Lotte Marines of Japan's Pacific League. But Valentine believes Uehara, who is expected to take a physical early next week in Baltimore before his two-year, $10 million contract with the Orioles is announced, is a smart investment for a club that desperately needs starting pitching.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2010
— The Orioles' plan before the season began was to pitch Koji Uehara late in games, allow him to face both left-handed and right-handed hitters, and occasionally use him for multi-inning outings. It's taken about four months for Uehara to settle in that role, but it's proven to be a good fit. Not experiencing any problems with his right elbow, the right-hander has posted an 0.61 ERA and struck out 15 in his last 12 appearances spanning 14 2/3 innings. He threw two shutout innings and retired six of the seven hitters that he faced in the Orioles' 5-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday and he's now strung together 6 2/3 scoreless innings.
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By PETER SCHMUCK | March 11, 2009
Koji Uehara had a history of leg problems, so Japanese reporters were not surprised he was getting treatment yesterday for a hamstring strain. He says he'll have plenty of time to build his stamina for the regular season. ( For more, go to baltimoresun.com/schmuckblog)
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April 7, 2009
Wed Yankees, 7:05 p.m., MASN Starters: Yankees' Chien-Ming Wang (8-2. 4.07 in 2008) vs. Koji Uehara (6-5, 3.81 for Yomiuri Giants) Thu Yankees, 1:35 p.m., MASN Starters: Yankees' A.J. Burnett (18-10, 4.07) vs. Alfredo Simon (0-0, 6.23) Fri Rays, 7:05 p.m., MASN2 Starters: Rays' Andy Sonnanstine (13-9, 4.38) vs. Mark Hendrickson (7-8, 5.45) Sat Rays, 7:05 p.m., MASN2 Starters: Rays' TBA vs. Guthrie (1-0, 4.50 in 2009) Sun Rays, 1:35 p.m., MASN2 Starters: Rays' TBA vs. Uehara
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April 8, 2009
All games on 105.7 FM Wednesday vs. Yankees, 7:05 p.m., MASN Starters: Yankees' Chien-Ming Wang (8-2. 4.07 in 2008) vs. Koji Uehara (6-5, 3.81 for Yomiuri Giants) Thursday vs. Yankees, 1:35 p.m., MASN Starters: Yankees' A.J. Burnett (18-10, 4.07) vs. Alfredo Simon (0-0, 6.23) Friday vs. Rays, 7:05 p.m., MASN2 Starters: Rays' Andy Sonnanstine (13-9, 4.38) vs. Mark Hendrickson (7-8, 5.45) Saturday vs. Rays, 7:05 p.m., MASN2 Starters: Rays' Jeff Niemann (2-2, 5.06) vs. Guthrie (1-0, 4.50 in 2009)
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 5, 2013
A pitcher who could have possibly replaced Jim Johnson as the Orioles' closer came off the board on Thursday when the Boston Red Sox signed former St. Louis Cardinals reliever Edward Mujica to a two-year, $9.5-million deal. The signing is like a punch to the gut for two reasons. First, Mujica appeared to be one of the best value options on the free-agency market. He was projected to cost in the $4-6 million range annually, and he signed a deal toward the lower half of that estimate.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 23, 2013
The 2013 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals starts at Fenway Park tonight, and I'm sure some Orioles fans are a bit torn. The Red Sox are a division rival. And, if you're an Orioles fan, you've probably built up a dislike for that team in New England, especially since it started winning titles again after a hiatus of eight-plus decades. But if the Red Sox end up winning the Series, chances are the title-clinching game will be a close one, since most of the games this postseason have been tight, low-scoring affairs.
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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2013
[ Back for its second year, "Down the Stretch" is a daily Orioles Insider blog that will set up the coming night for the O's and their American League competition as the push for the postseason continues. ] About last night Orioles bullpen falters again in 5-4 loss to Yankees Norris scratched from Friday's start in Toronto Morse isn't stressing about slow start at Camden Yards Markakis rejoins team after birth of his third son Schmuck: Indians have an easier road to the wild card Curtis Granderson makes some Eutaw Street history Wednesday's full scoreboard   AL East standings BOS     89-58     -- TB       78-66    9.5 BAL     78-68    10.5 NYY     77-68     11 AL wild-card standings TEX       81-64     -- TB        78-66         -- NYY      78-68      1 BAL      77-68     1.5 CLE      77-68     1.5 KC       77-69      2 (For full standings, click here .)
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2013
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, a walk and one run through six innings. He got a strikeout to start the seventh - his fifth of the afternoon. He then walked Michael Saunders and picked him off trying to steal. Chen issued another walk, to eighth hitter, Brendan Ryan, before giving up a two-run, two-out homer to ninth hitter Henry Blanco on his 106th pitch of the game.
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By Matt Vensel | June 7, 2013
We are all aware of the kind of damage Chris Davis is capable of when a pitcher puts a pitch in the strike zone. Take Sunday's 4-2 win over the Detroit Tigers for example. With the Orioles trailing, 2-0, in the seventh inning, Tigers starter Rick Porcello hung an 81-mph changeup over the outside edge of the plate. Davis casually uncorked his 6-foot-3 frame and ignited an Orioles comeback with a towering solo homer to right center . Davis has made hitting baseballs very far look way too easy this season . He leads the American League with 20 home runs, a .732 slugging percentage and a 1.168 OPS. He is second in the American League with a .357 batting average, 52 RBI and 45 runs.
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By Matt Vensel | April 9, 2013
Chris Davis was one of the hottest hitters in baseball in the first week of the season, though he has cooled off over the past couple of games. Still, his historic four-game start to the season probably prompted casual sports fans across the country to ask themselves, “Who is this Chris Davis guy and where did he come from?” Well, everyone here in Baltimore knows that the Orioles acquired him from the Texans Rangers before the trade deadline in 2011. But Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports has shared some interesting details from the deal . As it turns out, the Orioles more or less bought the slugging first baseman from the Rangers for $2 million.
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February 9, 2013
How much is a good closer worth? Well, the Orioles believe $6.5 million. That's what Jim Johnson will receive for 2013 after notching a league-leading and franchise best 51 saves last year. Who knows if the 29-year-old Johnson will be able to repeat his tremendous performance this season? It certainly won't be easy. And there are a whole lot of people out there that think big money for a closer is a waste given the volatility of the position and the success achieved by non-closers when thrust into the role.
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