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Indians changing name to Guardians

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CLEVELAND (AP) While riding his bike over a bridge across the Cuyahoga River near Progressive Field, Indians owner Paul Dolan rarely paid much attention to the eight giant stone figures that seem to guard the city.

They have new meaning,

After more than 100 years, Cleveland's Major League Baseball team is getting a new name - Guardians.


Devers hits 2 HRs, BoSox top Yanks again

BOSTON (AP) For the second straight night, the Yankees tried to protect a one-run lead against the Red Sox.

For the second straight night, Boston found a way to rally past its longtime rival.


Cruz homers in debut, Rays beat Indians

CLEVELAND (AP) 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.


Mets acquire veteran LHP Hill from Rays

NEW YORK (AP) The pitching-thin New York Mets on Friday acquired left-hander Rich Hill from the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Rays got right-hander Tommy Hunter and minor league catcher Matt Dyer in return.


Dodgers' Bauer makes appearance in court

LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer appeared in court Friday to fight the extension of a protective order sought by a woman who says he choked her to the point where she lost consciousness and punched her during two sexual encounters earlier this year.

Attorneys for Bauer and for the woman revealed during a short court session that they intend to call several witnesses, including Bauer, and argue over the order in what amounts to a trial that is expected to last three days.


Astros score 5 in 3rd, Rangers' skid 10

HOUSTON (AP) Kyle Tucker hit a three-run homer in Houston's big third inning to help the Astros hand the Texas Rangers their 10th straight loss with a 7-3 victory on Friday night.

After Yordan Alvarez hit an RBI single and Carlos Correa followed with an RBI grounder, Tucker fought through a nine-pitch at-bat - fouling off six pitches in a row - before smacking a fastball from Kolby Allard (2-8) into the bullpen in right center field to make it 5-0. It was Tucker's 18th.


Harper steals home, Wheeler sharp in win

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Zack Wheeler returned to his All-Star form for seven innings, Bryce Harper stole three bases, including home, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 5-1 Friday night.

J.T. Realmuto hit his 10th homer and Jean Segura had a tiebreaking, two-run double in helping Philadelphia snap a three game losing streak. The Phillies moved ahead of Atlanta into second place in the NL East, four games behind the division-leading New York Mets.


Alonso's 2 HRs back Megill's 1st victory

NEW YORK (AP) Tylor Megill tossed six scoreless innings for his first big league win and got his first career hit, Pete Alonso homered twice and the New York Mets defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 3-0 on Friday night.

Megill (1-0) allowed two hits, walked one and struck out five as the rookie right-hander lowered his ERA to 2.10 a few hours after the Mets bolstered their injury-plagued rotation by acquiring Rich Hill from Tampa Bay. New York has eight starters on the injured list, including ace Jacob deGrom.


Kikuchi Ks 12 as Mariners edge A's

SEATTLE (AP) Cal Raleigh and Luis Torrens hit back-to-back homers, Dylan Moore scored the go-ahead run on consecutive wild pitches and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 4-3 on Friday night.

Seattle's Yusei Kikuchi struck out a career-high 12 and Oakland's Frankie Montas fanned 10. Neither starter figured in the decision in a game that included punches thrown in the stands during a fight that attracted a lot of views on social media.

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