BRADENTON, Fla. - Yesterday, he was pitching for the Dominican Republic World Baseball Classic team. Today, armed with a fully charged iPad with Netflix, he is on a plane towards Tokyo to pitch for Team Israel.

"I'm the first Dominican Jew," Jared Lakind joked before leaving LECOM Park on Thursday morning.

Jared Lakind, who received a non-roster invite to Major League camp this year, will be joining Team Israel for the second round of the World Baseball Classic. Israel swept Korea, Chinese Taipei, and the Netherlands in Pool A to advance to Pool E in Tokyo. So far, the Netherlands and Japan have advanced with Israel.

Lakind said that his coaches have been extremely supportive of his participation in the WBC, saying that manager Clint Hurdle and pitching coach Ray Searage were extr...

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