The Cleveland Indians announced they are dropping the century-old moniker for a new name. Following years of pressure from activists and Native American groups, the Cleveland Indians will become the Cleveland Guardians, starting next year. The team sifted through nearly 1,200 potential names. Dana Jacobson has the details.
Nelson Cruz hit a solo homer in his Tampa Bay debut and Joey Wendle delivered the go-ahead single in a six-run ninth inning as the Rays beat the Cleveland Indians 10-5 Friday night. On a day the Indians announced they will change their name to the Guardians at the conclusion of the season, a new name for Tampa Bay helped it beat Cleveland for the 10th straight time. Cruz, who was acquired in a four-player trade with Minnesota on Thursday, hit his 20th homer, walked and scored twice.
Confidence like, this is not foreign territory to us where it’s a close game, we’re tied or we’re down late. I think it just kind of feeds into everybody’s approach, everybody’s plate appearances and we’re able to get it done again. The win improved the Rays to 59-39 and kept them within one game of the American League East-leading Red Sox, who rallied to beat the Yankees again.