Baseball teams change time of game for Yom Kippur

The start time of the game between the Chicago White Sox and the Cleveland Indians was changed due to Yom Kippur.

The Sept. 25 game in Chicago was moved to 1:10 p.m. from 7:10 p.m., the White Sox said Sept. 11. A “significant number” of White Sox fans had contacted the club over the game’s conflict with Yom Kippur, a statement from the team said.

White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis, who is Jewish, told the Chicago Tribune he was pleased with the switch.

“I guess that means I can play,” Youkilis told the newspaper.  Youkilis was traded in June by the Boston Red Sox to the White Sox. He  reportedly has never played a game on Yom Kippur.

In the most recent move to accommodate the Day of Atonement, the Yankees and Red Sox changed a Sept. 27 game in 2009 from evening to afternoon following an outcry from Jewish fans of both teams. — jta