The Israeli team in the World Baseball Classic is hoping to make a solid run in its first World Baseball Classic, and is already off to a good start.
Featuring a roster that includes former big league All-Star Shawn Green and nearly two dozen minor leaguers, Israel beat South Africa 7-3 Wednesday night in its first game. The team is being managed by former big league catcher Brad Ausmus.
After a day off Thursday, the team plays again on Friday.
France and Spain also are in the qualifying pool playing at the spring training home of the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals. One of the four teams in the pool will advance to further action next March.