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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:
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.
Angels two-way player Shohei Ohtani has a torn UCL, the team announced on Wednesday night.
BASEBALL / MLB
Aug 25, 2023
Will Ohtani’s injury pick his pocket in free agency?
Baseball’s history-making two-way player has a torn ulnar collateral ligament.
Hanshin has a seven-game lead in the CL pennant race.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / Sac Bunts
Aug 21, 2023
Tigers full of life during this season's 'Road Trip of Death'
The team has gone 14-4 through the first 18 contests of a 23-game trip away from their primary ballpark.
Reliever Edwin Escobar has allowed just three runs in his last 16 appearances for the BayStars.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Aug 14, 2023
Hard-throwing Edwin Escobar keeping things simple with BayStars
Edwin Escobar is back to doing what he loves as the BayStars jostle for position in the Central League.
Annette and Peter O’Malley, joined by their daughter Katherine, welcome NPB great Shigeo Nagashima to their Los Angeles home on Dec. 1, 1974.
BASEBALL / MLB
Aug 13, 2023
Annette O'Malley helped forge connection between Dodgers and Japan
She traveled with her husband, former Dodgers president Peter O'Malley, to help grow the game internationally, including making over 25 visits to Japan.
The Giants' Lewis Brinson hits a two-run double against the BayStars at Tokyo Dome on Saturday afternoon.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Aug 12, 2023
Lewis Brinson and Iori Yamasaki lead Giants past BayStars
Lewis Brinson does not have to adjust to the intensity at this time of the year as his Yomiuri Giants fight for a spot in the postseason.
The Tigers' Shota Morishita acknowledges the fans after the team's win over the Giants at Tokyo Dome on Tuesday.
BASEBALL
Aug 8, 2023
First-place Tigers hold off Giants for fifth straight win
Hanshin held on for the win on despite Giants slugger Kazuma Okamoto adding to his recent display power at the plate.
Bobby Valentine managed in Japan for seven seasons with the Marines and won the 2005 Japan Series with the club.
BASEBALL / MLB
Aug 4, 2023
Bobby Valentine enjoying more relaxed time with Angels
Former Marines manager Bobby Valentine is viewing the game from a different perspective these days.
Swallows starter Taichi Yamano threw seven scoreless innings against the Giants to earn his first pro win on Tuesday at Tokyo Dome.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Aug 1, 2023
Taichi Yamano finally lives dream after nightmare debut
Yamano threw seven scoreless innings for his first career win.
The Giants' Naoki Yoshikawa (left) records an out at first base during his team's win over the Dragons at Tokyo Dome on Sunday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / Sac Bunts
Jul 31, 2023
Naoki Yoshikawa and Makoto Kadowaki play starring roles for Giants in field
The Yomiuri infielders are turning heads with their play.
Giants pitcher Iori Yamasaki (right) and second baseman Naoki Yoshikawa pose for photos during the hero interview after Yomiuri's win over the Dragons at Tokyo Dome on Saturday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Jul 29, 2023
Iori Yamasaki wins fourth straight start as Giants top Dragons
The Giants held off the Dragons at Tokyo Dome to earn their third straight win.
Marines pitcher Atsuki Taneichi will try to help full the void left behind by Roki Sasaki.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / NPB NOTEBOOK
Jul 28, 2023
Atsuki Taneichi set to step into spotlight in Roki Sasaki's absence
Taneichi is often overlooked because he pitches in the same rotation as Roki Sasaki, but the 24-year-old righty is a solid pitcher in his own right.
The Angels' Shohei Ohtani is on track to become a free agent in the offseason.
BASEBALL / MLB / Sac Bunts
Jul 27, 2023
Angels would be taking major gamble by keeping Shohei Ohtani
The Angels have reportedly decided to not trade Shohei Ohtani, setting up the possibility of losing him for nothing in the offseason.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / Sac Bunts
Jul 17, 2023
Yuma Tongu's rise helps Buffaloes move on from Masataka Yoshida
Yuma Tongu's play has helped offset the departure of Masataka Yoshida.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / Sac Bunts
Jul 10, 2023
Embracing change key ingredient in Neftali Soto's longevity in NPB
Soto has followed helpful advice from former teammate Jose Lopez during his time in Japan.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Jul 6, 2023
Buffaloes ace Yoshinobu Yamamoto puzzling and glaring omission from All-Star roster
Yamamoto was passed over despite number that put him among the best pitchers in Japan.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / Sac Bunts
Jun 26, 2023
Pacific League trio already facing critical juncture in playoff race
It might be a long summer for fans of teams at the bottom of the Pacific League.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / Sac Bunts
Jun 19, 2023
Giants laid foundation for pennant race with solid interleague campaign
The Yomiuri Giants were in a good position to win NPB’s interleague title for the first time since 2014 before a sixth-inning error and ensuing two-run home run spoiled it all at Tokyo Dome on Sunday afternoon.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Jun 16, 2023
Lions slugger David MacKinnon embraces positivity during first months in Japanese baseball
MacKinnon is second among Lions players with seven home runs and 23 RBIs.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Jun 13, 2023
Yohander Mendez collects first win and first hit in Giants' win over Lions
Yohander Mendez enjoyed a night of firsts at Tokyo Dome.

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