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Youkilis considering Team Israel for Classic

ARLINGTON -- White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis, who is of Jewish heritage, has been approached to play for Team Israel in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. If Team Israel advances out of the mid-September qualifying round, the member of Team USA in 2009 would consider the option.

"I'd be willing to try it out if healthy and all that going into Spring Training," Youkilis said. "And if I'm ready to play, I'll play.

"A lot of guys are going to be American guys who are going to play on the Israel team but just through history and religion, they might choose to play. Like Ryan [Braun] and I got to play for Team USA and we had that opportunity. So it was very cool, but it also would be cool to have another challenge in life."

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ARL Full Game Coverage INGTON -- White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis, who is of Jewish heritage, has been approached to play for Team Israel in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. If Team Israel advances out of the mid-September qualifying round, the member of Team USA in 2009 would consider the option.

"I'd be willing to try it out if healthy and all that going into Spring Training," Youkilis said. "And if I'm ready to play, I'll play.

"A lot of guys are going to be American guys who are going to play on the Israel team but just through history and religion, they might choose to play. Like Ryan [Braun] and I got to play for Team USA and we had that opportunity. So it was very cool, but it also would be cool to have another challenge in life."

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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