TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays have set a major league record by fielding a starting lineup with six players from the Dominican Republic.
The Blue Jays did it Sunday at home against the Boston Red Sox.
The first four hitters in Toronto’s lineup are all from the Dominican Republic: shortstop Jose Reyes, outfielders Melky Cabrera and Jose Bautista and first baseman Edwin Encarnacion.
Juan Francisco served as the designated hitter Sunday against Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester, batting sixth, and outfielder Moises Sierra batted seventh.
Right-hander Esmil Rogers is the seventh Dominican player on Toronto’s 25-man roster.
Last season, the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers had starting lineups with five players from the Dominican Republic, which won the World Baseball Classic in March 2013.