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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:
Buffaloes infielder Marwin Gonzalez fields the ball as the Tigers' Takumu Nakano attempts to steal second during Game 1 of the Japan Series at Kyocera Dome Osaka on Saturday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Oct 30, 2023
Orix's Gonzalez eager for more jewelry with win in Japan Series
The Buffaloes infielder, who is in his first season in Japan, is fine tuning his approach as he goes along.
Buffaloes starter Hiroya Miyagi pitches against the Tigers in Game 2 of the Japan Series at Kyocera Dome Osaka on Sunday night.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Oct 29, 2023
Buffaloes bounce back against Tigers to pull even in Japan Series
The Buffaloes rebounded to beat the Tigers 8-0 in Game 2 of the Japan Series after losing by the same score in Game 1.
Orix Buffaloes ace Yoshinobu Yamamoto (18) walks off the mound after being pulled in the sixth inning of Game 1 of the Japan Series on Saturday at Kyocera Dome Osaka.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Oct 29, 2023
After Game 1 loss, is this the end for Yoshinobu Yamamoto in Japan?
The big question after Yoshinobu Yamamoto’s loss in Game 1 of the Japan Series: Is this the end of his NPB career?
Tigers third baseman Teruaki Sato steals second against the Buffaloes in the third inning during Game 1 of the Japan Series at Kyocera Dome Osaka on Saturday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Oct 28, 2023
Tigers take bite out of Yoshinobu Yamamoto in Japan Series opener
The Tigers got off to a fast start against Yoshinobu Yamamoto and the Buffaloes in the Japan Series.
Buffaloes starting pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto captured a third straight Triple Crown this year.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Oct 27, 2023
Kansai superiority at stake in this year's Japan Series
The Buffaloes and the Tigers meet in Game 1 in Osaka on Saturday night.
Hawks pitcher Joe Stanka (left) and Tigers pitcher Gene Bacque meet at the Kobe Oriental Hotel on Oct. 7,1964.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / Sac Bunts
Oct 26, 2023
All-Kansai Japan Series offers new chance to remember foreign aces
The 1964 Japan Series featured two of the best foreign pitchers in Japanese baseball history.
Lotte's Hiromi Oka slides home to score the winning run against SoftBank in Game 3 of the PL Climax Series first stage in Chiba on Monday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Oct 17, 2023
Marines and Carp hope to maintain Climax Series momentum
The CL and PL league champions, the Hanshin Tigers and Orix Buffaloes, will enter the fray with places in the Japan Series on the line.
Hawks reliever Ryosuke Otsu (left) is comforted on the mount by pitching coach Kazumi Saito after surrendering the game-winning run against the Marines in Game 3 of the first stage of the PL Climax Series in Chiba on Monday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / NPB NOTEBOOK
Oct 17, 2023
Hawks relievers and coaches endure agony of 10th-inning collapse
That bell tolled for Yuki Tsumori and Ryosuke Otsu on Monday night at Zozo Marine Stadium as they allowed four pitches in the bottom of the 10th inning.
Hawks starter Kohei Arihara pitches against the Marines in Game 2 during the first stage of the Pacific League Climax Series at Zozo Marine Stadium in Chiba on Sunday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Oct 15, 2023
Hawks bounce back to even series against Marines
Kohei Arihara threw six innings of one-run ball and the Hawks backed him up with a few timely hits to extend their season.
The Marines' Roki Sasaki pitches against the Hawks in Game 1 of the PLCS First Stage at Zozo Marine Stadium in Chiba on Saturday.
BASEBALL
Oct 14, 2023
Marines too much for Hawks in Game 1 of Climax Series
The Marines can advance to the final stage against the PL champion Orix Buffaloes with a victory.
The BayStars' Shugo Maki addresses the crowd after the team's final home game of the regular season.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / Sac Bunts
Oct 13, 2023
Third-place squads face long road to Japan Series
Only two teams have reached the Japan Series after finishing the regular season in third place.
New Giants manager Shinnosuke Abe (right) poses with former manager Tatsunori Hara during a news conference on Friday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / NPB NOTEBOOK
Oct 9, 2023
Shinnosuke Abe hoping to join special group of Giants managers
Shinnosuke Abe is hopeful of guiding the Giants back to the Central League summit.
Giants manager Tatsunori Hara (left) waves to fans following his final game at Tokyo Dome on Wednesday. Shinnosuke Abe (right) will manage the team next season.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / Sac Bunts
Oct 5, 2023
Giants prepare to start new era as manager Tatsunori Hara walks away
Manager Tatsunori Hara's departure closes the book on an eventful chapter in the storied history of the Giants.
The Eagles' Hiroaki Shimauchi has helped key the team's second-half resurgence.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / NPB NOTEBOOK
Sep 25, 2023
Pacific League playoff race set for frantic finish
Three Pacific League teams are fighting for two playoff spots as the season nears its conclusion.
Orix Buffaloes players pose for a commemorative photo after securing the PL pennant with their victory against Chiba Lotte Marines at Kyocera Dome Osaka on Wednesday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / Sac Bunts
Sep 21, 2023
Buffaloes' fans finally get to experience team's resurgence
Fans packed Kyocera Dome Osaka for the sellout game in hopes of finally seeing a clinching victory with their own eyes.
Shohei Ohtani had surgery on his right elbow in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
BASEBALL / MLB
Sep 20, 2023
Shohei Ohtani not expected to pitch in 2024 after elbow surgery
Shohei Ohtani underwent a procedure on his elbow on Tuesday.
The Giants splash Makoto Kadowaki (second from left) with water after their win over the Swallows at Tokyo Dome on Sunday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Sep 17, 2023
Makoto Kadowaki lifts Giants to important win over Swallows
Makoto Kadowaki connected on his first walk-off hit to give the Giants a win over the Swallows.
The Tigers toss manager Akinobu Okada into the air as they celebrate after winning the Central League pennant on Thursday at Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / Sac Bunts
Sep 15, 2023
Akinobu Okada pushed right buttons to guide Tigers to CL pennant
Akinobu Okada led Hanshin to its first Central League pennant since 2005, and now anticipation grows over what comes next.
Yoshinobu Yamamoto's second career no-hitter was also the 100th such game in Japanese professional baseball history.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / Sac Bunts
Sep 10, 2023
Yama-no-no: Orix ace puts world on notice with second no-hitter
The right-hander's superb form for the PL-leading Buffaloes is expected to bring him more awards this offeseason — as well as a bidding war by MLB clubs.
Infielder Jose Osuna is two home runs away from his second straight 20-homer season for the Swallows.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Aug 25, 2023
Confident Jose Osuna says Swallows just have to keep fighting
Jose Osuna still has faith in the Swallows despite the team's underwhelming performance this season.

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