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In this photo made on Thursday Jan, 5 2017, Ryan Lavarnway, an American professional baseball player, signs autographs to Israeli fans before the practice at the Baptist Village sport complex near Petah Tikva, Israel. Israel has just one proper baseball diamond, and most Israelis know next to nothing about the game. Yet the country has emerged as a potential spoiler in the upcoming World Baseball Classic thanks to quirky regulations that allow it to pack its squad with American pro players of Jewish descent. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
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  • In this photo made on Thursday Jan, 5 2017, Ryan Lavarnway, an American professional baseball player, signs autographs to Israeli fans before the practice at the Baptist Village sport complex near Petah Tikva, Israel. Israel has just one proper baseball diamond, and most Israelis know next to nothing about the game. Yet the country has emerged as a potential spoiler in the upcoming World Baseball Classic thanks to quirky regulations that allow it to pack its squad with American pro players of Jewish descent. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

    Jewish-American pros look to boost baseball in Israel

    PETAH TIKVA, Israel (AP) — Israel has just one baseball-specific field, and most Israelis know little about the game. Yet the country has emerged as a potential spoiler in the upcoming World Baseball Classic thanks to quirky regulations that allow it to pack its squad with American pro players of Jewish descent. Major leaguers Ike […]
  • FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2016 file photo, Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer throws to a Los Angeles Dodgers batter during the first inning of Game 5 of baseball's National League Division Series at Nationals Park in Washington. NL Cy Young Award winner Scherzer has an injured finger on his pitching hand and will miss the World Baseball Classic. The Washington Nationals announced Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, on Twitter that their star right-hander has a stress fracture in the knuckle of his right ring finger. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool, File)

    Scherzer reveals he pitched since August with injured finger

    WASHINGTON (AP) — NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer revealed Monday that he pitched at the end of last season with an injured finger on his throwing hand and now will skip the World Baseball Classic. The Washington Nationals initially announced Monday on Twitter that their star right-hander has a stress fracture in the […]