In first, Rays start all-Latin American lineup

by Daryn Albert - The Rays started an unprecedented nine Latin American players in their lineup on Thursday as Major League Baseball commemorated Roberto Clemente Day.

Tampa Bay Rays use all-Latin American starting lineup on Roberto Clemente Day play Yandy Diaz's 3-run blasts extends the Rays' lead (0:32) Yandy Diaz unloads a massive three-run homer to left field to give the Rays a 4-0 lead in the top of the second inning. (0:32) 8:09 PM ET ESPN News Services TORONTO -- The Tampa Bay Rays started an unprecedented nine Latin American players in their lineup Thursday on Roberto Clemente Day, going on to rout the Toronto Blue Jays 11-0. Clemente, the late Hall of Fame outfielder from Puerto Rico, was a two-time World Series winner and National League MVP who played 18 seasons with Pittsburgh. The Rays' nine starters are from five countries: Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic. "Very happy, especially on a day like today," said Yandy Diaz , who hit a three-run home run. "I think the Latinos are really putting a stamp on the game of baseball." Diaz was joined by Randy Arozarena , Wander Franco , Harold Ramirez , Manuel Margot , David Peralta , Isaac Paredes , Rene Pinto and Jose Siri . All nine Rays starters, as well as base coaches Chris Prieto and Rodney Linares, wore No. 21 to honor Clemente. The players posed for a photo on the field after the game. The Rays' nine players in their historic starting lineup are from five countries: Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic. Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP Diaz said he hoped to put his jersey and a lineup card in a frame to remember the historic day. Rays manager Kevin Cash said the lineup was based on the batters he wanted to face Toronto right-hander Kevin Gausman . "Gausman we've got as a reverse-split guy, so load up the righties," Cash said. "It just worked out that they were all the Latin background." Diaz homered in a four-run second inning, his ninth. Paredes made it 5-0 with a leadoff blast in the seventh, his 19th, and added an RBI single. Arozarena had three hits, including an RBI single in the ninth, and Margot added a three-run double later in the six-run frame. The Rays (80-63) won the fifth and final game of the series to pull within a half-game of the Blue Jays in the wild-card chase. The Associated Press contributed to this report.