Blue Jays set MLB record for Dominican starters

The Toronto Blue Jays have set a major league record by fielding a starting lineup with six players from the Dominican Republic, including the first four batters.

Toronto fields 6 from the Caribbean island for Sunday's game

Toronto's Jose Bautista, from the Dominican Republic, congratulates Brett Lawrie on his solo homer against Boston on Sunday. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press)

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.

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