Orioles: Uehara impressive (updated)
Koji Uehara pitched two scoreless innings in his Orioles exhibition debut, and they would have both been hitless if Luke Scott had not lost a routine fly ball in the sun.
Uehara struck out three batters, all on called third strikes, displaying the command of the strike zone he was known for in Japan. Even when he walked Jorge Cantu to open the second inning, it was a 10-pitch battle in which he threw six strikes.
"It was really fun,'' Uehara said when asked about his outing a few minutes ago.
He said before the game that he would throw mostly fastballs and forkballs, and he followed through with that. The next step is to incorporate his other pitches more and work on improving his control, though he seemed to have pretty good command for a first outing.
When asked what his emotions were taking the mound in a major league exhibition game, he didn't waste any words.
"Joy,'' he said.