Nelson Cruz homered in his Tampa Bay debut and Joey Wendle hit a go-ahead single in a six-run ninth inning as the Rays beat the Cleveland Indians 10-5. On a day the Indians announced they will change their name to the Guardians at the conclusion of the season, a new name for the Rays helped them beat Cleveland for the 10th straight time. Acquired a day earlier in a four-player trade with Minnesota, Cruz hit his 20th homer, walked and scored twice.
change will take effect after 2021 season (FOX) – The Cleveland Indians officially announced their new name on Friday. The decision to change the name came last year amid racial tension in the U.S. as professional sports teams came under fire for having Native American monikers. The baseball team will be known as the Guardians.
Media critic Joe Concha sounded off Friday after the MLB's Cleveland Indians decided after more than 100 years to change their name to the "Cleveland Guardians." Concha told "Hannity" that it is clear the move was made to appease left-wing political groups but added that there had been little objection to the name until recently. "If the term Indians is so overtly racist, how did it survive for a century?"