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Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Opening Day lineup has international flair

By Richard Durrett

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The decision to officially install Yu Darvish as the club's Opening Day starter means the club is scheduled to have players from seven different countries -- plus the commonwealth of Puerto Rico -- in the lineup March 31 against the Philadelphia Phillies.

The outfield: LF Shin-Soo Choo (Korea), CF Leonys Martin (Cuba), RF Alex Rios (Puerto Rico).

The infield: 1B Prince Fielder (United States), 2B Jurickson Profar (Curacao), 3B Adrian Beltre (Dominican Republic), SS Elvis Andrus (Venezuela)

The battery: RHP Yu Darvish (Japan), C Geovany Soto (Puerto Rico)

"I'm just putting baseball players out there on the field," Washington said. "I never really thought of that, but you're right."

Washington was asked what it would take for that many cultures to be a cohesive unit.

"The same mindset," Washington said. "Wanting to win, be a good teammate, exhibit good character, attitude, all the things it takes in a normal clubhouse. I think we have those kinds of guys. I don't think our clubhouse is going to be an issue.

"Baseball is baseball. All of those guys are good players and they all have one goal in mind: being the best they can be for each other. That's where the cohesiveness comes in."