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Baseball teams change time of game for Yom Kippur

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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


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