MLB's 1st Dominican umpire debuts in Indians-Tigers game

DETROIT (AP) Ramon De Jesus has become the first Dominican-born umpire to be on the field in a Major League Baseball game.

De Jesus was the second base umpire Friday night in the Cleveland Indians-Detroit Tigers game.

The 32-year-old De Jesus had been in the minors since 2009, most recently as a staff member in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League. He joins three other umpires not born in the U.S., including Venezuelan Manny Gonzalez, Angel Hernandez of Cuba and Mexican Alfonso Marquez.

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