BALTIMORE -- Rangers reliever Koji Uehara, who was acquired from the Orioles last July 30, still has his family living in Baltimore. He was able to see them and some old friends in the O's organization when the Rangers arrived in Baltimore.
Uehara also returned home pitching well. Going into Monday's game, the right-hander had retired 15 straight hitters over his last five outings, and going back to last year, he had made a club-record 27 consecutive appearances without issuing a walk. Uehara had a 2.00 ERA in his first nine appearances this season after posting a 4.00 ERA in 22 appearances for the Rangers in the final two months of last season.
"The most important thing to me is not giving up runs," Uehara said.
Manager Ron Washington said Uehara's fastball has more life on it than it did last season after the trade, and his split-fingered fastball has more "bite." Uehara has also developed a slider that gives him a third pitch, one that breaks sideways rather than just up and down, like the fastball and splitter.