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Blue Jays make MLB history with most Canadian starting lineup ever

The Blue Jays, as MLB's only team that resides north of the border, are certainly baseball's most Canadian team. I mean, there's a maple leaf emblazoned on their hats. So it's especially cool that with Saturday's game against the Rays, the Jays were extra-Canadian, setting the record for the most native Canadians in a single starting lineup.

With Russell Martin (East York, Ontario), Michael Saunders (Victoria, British Columbia) and Dalton Pompey (Mississauga, Ontario) batting in the 6, 7, and 9 spots, respectively, the Blue Jays were the first team in MLB history to start three Canadian position players.

Saunders, whose return from rehabbing his post-surgery left knee made Saturday's Canuck-apalooza possible, reflected on the lineup significance to MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm:

"Not only that but to represent Canada's team is pretty special too. It's pretty amazing how that has coincided with one another. I think it just goes to show that baseball is starting to evolve in Canada."

Martin celebrated the occasion in his own way: a solo home run in the seventh inning. If you listen closely, you can hear the ball sing "O Canada" on its way into the stands.

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No word yet on whether or not the trio celebrated the history-making together with a maple syrup shower.