Jason Coskrey




Jason Coskrey
Jason Coskrey is a sports writer for The Japan Times. His primary focus is Japanese baseball, but he has also covered soccer, American football, boxing and basketball. He previously worked for the Marietta Daily Journal in Marietta, Ga. A native of Detroit, he is a graduate of the University of Alabama-Birmingham.
For Jason Coskrey's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Jun 17, 2007
Yano provides big spark for Giants
So Taguchi played in 134 games for the St. Louis Cardinals last season, but only started in 71 of those contests. Nevertheless, Taguchi made his living by mostly coming off the bench and was hailed by manager Tony LaRussa as a key component of the World Series champions.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Jun 6, 2007
Resourceful Marines hold off Giants in matchup of first-place teams
CHIBA — It might have been "Hanabi Tuesday" at Chiba Marine Stadium, but the fireworks on the field rivaled anything going on in the heavens.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Jun 6, 2007
Family support gives Giants' newcomer Hollins a boost
The past year has been one of transition for Yomiuri Giants center fielder Damon Hollins.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Jun 3, 2007
Swallows edge Marines
CHIBA — The Tokyo Yakult Swallows came into Saturday's interleague matchup in the Central League cellar, while the Chiba Lotte Marines entered atop the Pacific League. None of that accounted for much over the next three hours.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
May 27, 2007
Marines duo sparks club against BayStars
CHIBA — There's something about Shunsuke Watanabe that just brings out the best in Daisuke Hayakawa. Neither can really explain it, but for some reason they just click.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
May 6, 2007
Fighters' bats key hot streak
For the reigning Japan Series champions, April was not a very kind month.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
May 4, 2007
Hillman's Fighters find feet to down Marines in Pa League
CHIBA — At times this season the Nippon Ham offense has had trouble giving its starting pitchers any run support. That lack of production helped lead to the Fighters' worst losing streak in two years earlier this season. It's also why Thursday afternoon's win at Chiba Marine Stadium must have been gratifying.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Apr 30, 2007
Murata, BayStars spoil Dragons slugger Fukudome's big day at plate
YOKOHAMA -- The Chunichi Dragons jumped on the Yokohama BayStars early on in their game Saturday afternoon at Yokohama Stadium. Although, much like the teams' previous meeting, they couldn't keep them down for long.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Apr 28, 2007
La vida LaRocca: Slugger enjoying playing with Buffaloes
Last season was a tough one for Orix's Greg LaRocca.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Apr 22, 2007
Tamura, Hawks hammer Fighters
After his heroics the previous night, hitting a three-run home run in a Hawks win, the Fukuoka fans were hungry for an encore from Hiroki Kokubo. As usual he didn't disappoint, but this time he had some help.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Apr 20, 2007
Slugger Zuleta powers Marines to victory over Buffaloes
CHIBA -- After only pushing across a single run in the first game of their series with the Orix Buffaloes, the Chiba Lotte Marines were in need of a fresh start. After a rainout the previous day, the Marines returned to the diamond with a vengeance Thursday night at Chiba Marine Stadium.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Apr 15, 2007
Oshima's pinch-hit single propels Lions
CHIBA -- Sometimes good things come to those who wait. That was certainly the case for the Seibu Lions on Saturday afternoon at Chiba Marine Stadium.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Apr 8, 2007
Tigers rough up Kadokura
In their last game the Yomiuri Giants ran Hanshin starter Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi out of the game in 3 2/3 innings. On Saturday night, the Tigers returned the favor.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Apr 4, 2007
Giants down Dragons at Dome
Championships aren't won in April, but the Yomiuri Giants sure made one heck of a statement. The Giants scored four runs and batted around in the fifth inning en route to a 7-2 win over the Chunichi Dragons on Tuesday night at Tokyo Dome.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Apr 2, 2007
Hawks rough up Chiba Lotte's Shimizu
CHIBA -- The Chiba Lotte Marines' pitching staff got off to a rough start during their loss to the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks Saturday. They didn't fare so well Sunday, either.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Apr 1, 2007
Buchanan powers Hawks past Marines
CHIBA -- One of the favorites to win the Pacific League, the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks are known for their vaunted pitching staff, making the offensive display they put on in Chiba Marine Stadium all the more impressive.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Mar 31, 2007
Giants victorious in season opener
YOKOHAMA -- It was a start worthy of the Mighty Kyojin.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Mar 26, 2007
Marines, Fighters tie again
CHIBA -- There was a little wind, a lot of rain and a lot of mud. All in all it was absolutely horrible weather for about four innings at Chiba Marine Stadium. Although through it all Chiba Lotte pitcher Hiroyuki Kobayashi pitched an absolute gem.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Mar 25, 2007
Zuleta slugs slam; opener ends in tie
CHIBA -- They had already created a special chant and nickname for him (Samurai Julie, go Julio), but Chiba Lotte fans may have to start calling the newest Marine, Julio Zuleta, by a new name: The Rainmaker.


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