Koji Uehara (上原 浩治, Uehara Kōji, born April 3, 1975) is a Japanese professional baseball pitcher who plays for the Boston Red Sox. He has played in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) with the Yomiuri Giants and in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox.
A right-handed pitcher, Uehara has a solid career strikeout rate, with 10.4 K/9 and an excellent walk rate at 1.2 BB/9 (until 2013 season). Through the 2013 season, his career 8.74 K/BB is the best in MLB history for a player with at least 100 innings pitched. Uehara won the 2013 ALCS MVP Award, and closed the final game of the 2013 World Series.
By Dean Hanley
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