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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:
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / Sac Bunts
Jun 5, 2023
Fighters' Gosuke Katoh gets unique journey in Japanese baseball off to red-hot start
A single against the Giants extended his hitting streak since his debut to eight games — the longest by a rookie to start a career since the introduction of the NPB draft in 1966.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Jun 3, 2023
Kazuma Okamoto hits sayonara double as Giants edge Fighters
Okamoto hit a double to left to drive in the game-winning run.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / Sac Bunts
May 29, 2023
Red-hot Tigers riding wave of momentum into interleague season
Regular-season contests between Central and Pacific League clubs in NPB happen during a fixed period on the calendar, allowing the format to avoid becoming too stale.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
May 25, 2023
With Tomoyuki Sugano sidelined, Shosei Togo continues to rise as Giants ace
Togo has thrived so far as the main weapon in the Kyojin rotation, pitching under pressure Wednesday to carry the team with little room for error.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
May 24, 2023
Shosei Togo and Kazuma Okamoto carry Giants to win over BayStars
Togo threw a shut out, and Okamoto provided the run support with a solo home run.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
May 20, 2023
Foster Griffin and Takumi Oshiro lead Giants to win over struggling Dragons
Griffin had another strong showing against Chunichi, and Oshiro backed him up with a grand slam.
Japan Times
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May 15, 2023
Japanese skateboarders shine as X Games return to Japan
Skateboarding legend Tony Hawks says Japanese skateboarders are 'the one's to beat now.'
Japan Times
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May 14, 2023
Thirteen-year-old Ginwoo Onodera wins gold in X Games debut
The Yokohama native is the youngest medalist in the history of the men's street contest at the X Games.
Japan Times
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May 12, 2023
X Games returns to Japan without COVID-19 restrictions
The X Games will feature 10 events from the skateboarding, BMX and Moto X disciplines.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / Sac Bunts
May 8, 2023
Signs of healing grow in Japanese baseball's attendance figures
The relaxation of COVID-19 rules and the excitement of the World Baseball Classic created the perfect storm to help NPB step back into the light after a few dark years at the ticket gates.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
May 2, 2023
Jose Osuna hits two home runs to power Swallows to win over Giants
Osuna broke an eighth-inning tie with a two-run home run.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / Sac Bunts
May 1, 2023
Swallows star Munetaka Murakami mired in prolonged slump early in NPB season
Any thoughts that Murakami’s clutch hits in the two biggest games of the WBC would get him going have been quickly dispelled.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Apr 30, 2023
Towering Yuto Akihiro finding chances with struggling Giants
The outfielder, who wears Hideki Matsui's famed No. 55, is making a good case for a longer stay at Tokyo Dome after spending the entirety of 2022 with the farm team.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / Sac Bunts
Apr 17, 2023
Overlooked Takayuki Kato continues to make noise for Fighters
Takayuki Kato has quietly been one of the most effective pitchers in NPB.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Apr 12, 2023
Tigers edge Giants on 10th-inning single; Starter Shoki Murakami pulled after seven perfect innings
Shoki Murakami threw seven perfect innings before being replaced by a pinch hitter.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Apr 11, 2023
Giants' Louis Okoye off to hot start with new team
Okoye has nine hits in six games with the Giants.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Apr 7, 2023
Roki Sasaki poised to build on World Baseball Classic success during NPB season
Marines pitcher Roki Sasaki finished with 11 strikeouts in his season debut.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Apr 6, 2023
Roki Sasaki strikes out 11 to help Marines sweep past Fighters
Sasaki was pitching for the first time this season after helping Samurai Japan win the World Baseball Classic in March.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Mar 31, 2023
Fighters debut 'best stadium in the world' as NPB kicks off new season
The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters have touted the opening of their new home, Es Con Field Hokkaido, as the dawning of a new generation.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Mar 31, 2023
Masahiro Tanaka feels right at home as away team pitcher in Hokkaido opener
Tanaka has rarely had the opportunity to start on opening day in Japan, twice because of his participation in the WBC and also because he spent 2014 to 2020 in MLB.

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