CLEVELAND – Soon to be known as Guardians, the Indians aren't leaving home anytime soon. Ending rampant speculation they would be relocating, the Indians agreed Thursday to a 15-year lease extension at Progressive Field, keeping them at their downtown ballpark through 2036 and perhaps longer. The agreement, which still needs legislative approval, includes two additional five-year options that could make it a 25-year deal through 2046.
In their quest not to offend anyone, the Cleveland Guardians — formerly known as the Cleveland Indians — have likely offended yet another group, this time by stealing their name. The former Cleveland Indians — a title deemed fairly innocent in intent, according to polling results — have tried to prevent their new nomenclature, the Guardians, from overlapping with any existing "Guardian" properties.
George Springer had four hits, including the 42nd leadoff home run of his career, and Steven Matz pitched six shutout innings as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Cleveland Indians 8-6 on Wednesday night. Springer connected on J.C. Mejia’s first pitch for his 13th homer of the season. He singled and scored in the second, hit a two-run double in the third and singled again in the fifth.