Koji Uehara

Date of birth: 3 April 1975
Primary position: Pitcher

Career Pitching Statistics through 2018 Season


Awards and Recognition with Boston

AL Championship Series MVP Award, 2013

Memorable Moments for Koji Uehara

  • 13 September 2013 - Closer Koji Uehara retires all three batters he faces in the ninth to run his streak of batters retired to 37 as the Red Sox double up the Yankees 8-4 at Fenway Park. Uehara has not allowed a baserunner since 17 August.
  • 8 October 2013 - The Red Sox win 3-1 over the Rays at Tropicana Field to win the American League Division Series in four games. Rookie third baseman Xander Bogaerts walks twice and scores both times in the late innings, while Koji Uehara retires the final four batters for the save.
  • 17 October 2013 - The Red Sox take an early 4-0 lead, then hang on to win 4-3 over the Tigers at Comerica Park in Game Five of the American League Championship Series to take a 3-2 series lead. Mike Napoli hits a solo home run in the second, the first run posted by Boston in the series before the sixth inning, and later in the game scores on a wild pitch. Koji Uehara records the last five outs for his second save of the series.
  • 19 October 2013 - The Red Sox win their 13th American League pennant with a 5-2 win over the Tigers at Fenway Park in Game Six of the American League Championship Series. Shane Victorino is the difference as he crushes a pitch over the Green Monster in the seventh for a grand slam home run. Closer Koji Uehara is named ALCS MVP as he saves his third game of the series.
  • 27 October 2013 - Thanks to Jonny Gomes three-run home run in the sixth, the Red Sox win 4-2 over the Cardinals in Game Four of the World Series at Busch Stadium to knot the series at two games. For the first time in postseason history, a World Series game ends on a pick-off as Koji Uehara nabs pinch-runner Kolten Wong leaning off first base in the bottom of the ninth.
  • 28 October 2013 - Jon Lester allows just four hits over 7-2/3 innings of work as the Red Sox win Game Five of the World Series 3-1 over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium to take a 3-2 series lead. Koji Uehara retires the last four batters to earn his seventh save of the postseason. With a hit in the fourth inning, David Ortiz ties a World Series record by reaching base in nine consecutive plate appearances.
  • 5 April 2014 - For the first time in team history, five different pitchers record at least three strikeouts in a single game as the Red Sox lose 7-6 loss to the Brewers in 11 innings: Clay Buchholz (3), Chris Capuano (4), Brandon Workman (3), Koji Uehara (3), and Junichi Tazawa (3).