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Faith or Baseball: Green Must Decide

September 20, 2004

DENVER (AP) _ Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Shawn Green does not want to discuss whether he’ll play next weekend in two key games against the Giants on Yom Kippur, the holiest holiday on the Jewish calendar.

Los Angeles leads San Francisco by 2 1/2 games in the NL West with 13 games left.

Yom Kippur starts at sunset Friday, and the three-game series at San Francisco starts that night. Saturday’s game was given a 1:05 p.m. PDT start because it will be televised by Fox, and the Jewish Day of Atonement does not end until sunset that night.

``I’m not talking about it yet,″ Green said Sunday after his two-run, ninth-inning homer lifted Los Angeles over Colorado 7-6. ``I don’t want the media making a big deal out of it.″

Asked if he had decided, but just didn’t want to say yet, Green responded: ``I just don’t want to talk about it yet.″

Green has missed only 10 of 797 games in nearly five seasons with the Dodgers _ including Sept. 26, 2001, when he observed Yom Kippur and ended a streak of 415 consecutive games played.

The Dodgers’ Sandy Koufax did not pitch in the 1965 World Series opener against Minnesota because it was played on Yom Kippur.

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