Now comes the altering to the Guardians for the Cleveland baseball staff that performed 107 seasons because the Indians.

Aaron Civale allowed solely three singles whereas pitching six scoreless innings because the Indians performed for the ultimate time beneath that identify, after almost 17,000 video games since 1915, profitable 6-0 in a season finale on the street in opposition to the 102-loss Texas Rangers on Sunday.

“There’s a lot of things being saved and treasured in this. … I hope the fans in the city embrace the Guardians as they come in in 2022,” performing supervisor DeMarlo Hale mentioned. “There’s going to be a lot of keepsakes. Players, I saw them collect balls, and lineup cards and things like that. It’s one for the memory bank, for sure.”

Yu Chang homered for the Indians (80-82), who completed with their first shedding season since 2012 earlier than taking the sphere because the Guardians subsequent season. That ended a streak of eight consecutive profitable seasons, matching the longest within the historical past of the franchise that was one of many American League’s constitution groups in 1901 and have become the Indians in 1915.

Four relievers, together with right-hander Bryan Shaw in his 81st look to get into precisely half the video games this season, adopted Civale (12-5) to shut out Cleveland’s ninth shutout. Shaw prolonged his franchise report to 459 profession reduction appearances.

“It’s an honor, for sure,” Civale mentioned. “What we’ve always done, is always represented the city of Cleveland itself. So that’s something we’ll continue to do.”

The Indians wore their darkish street jerseys with Cleveland throughout the entrance, and no reference to the identify that the staff introduced earlier this 12 months it was altering within the wake of a nationwide reckoning over racist names and symbols.

Cleveland’s new identify was chosen from over 1,000 entries submitted in the course of the renaming course of. The new Guardians emblem and uniforms had been unveiled to combined opinions in July.

Even earlier than proper fielder Bradley Zimmer caught the ultimate out, a small group of Indians followers chanted chanting “Let’s Go Tribe!” Among these there for the Indians’ final recreation had been two males sitting proper behind residence plate after flying in from Las Vegas and Orlando, Florida.

Rangers rookie right-hander Dane Dunning (5-10) allowed 4 runs and 5 hits over three innings.

The Rangers had been shut out for the fifteenth time and completed with their most losses since 105 in 1973, the franchise’s second season in Texas after transferring from Washington. It was their fifth consecutive shedding season.

“Civale was really good. It was tough to see,” Rangers supervisor Chris Woodward mentioned. “He’s really good at mixing up speeds, especially with the curveball. After that, they threw some really good arms at us. They were clearly hellbent on trying to win that game.”

Civale struck out 4 and walked one over his 82 pitches after going 1-3 in 5 September begins. The right-hander led the majors in wins together with his 10-2 report earlier than spraining the center finger on his proper hand whereas pitching in opposition to the Chicago Cubs on June 21, and didn’t return till final month.

The Indians rapidly jumped forward to remain when Myles Straw led off the sport with a single, stole second and scored on Amed Rosario’s single. It was 6-0 after Chang’s ninth homer, a two-run shot within the fifth off reliever Mike Foltynewicz, who allowed 35 homers in 139 innings pitched this season. The solely AL pitcher to surrender extra lengthy balls was teammate Jordan Lyles at 38 in 180 innings.


Shoeless Joe Jackson was among the many gamers within the beginning lineup for the 1915 season opener when Cleveland performed for the primary time because the Indians. The franchise’s first season was 1901 because the Blues, then glided by the Broncos in 1902 and the Naps from 1903-14. … Hall of Fame shortstop Lou Boudreau performed probably the most video games in an Indians uniform, 1,560 from 1938-50. There are two gamers in franchise historical past who performed extra video games total, however Terry Turner performed all however 342 of his 1,619 video games earlier than 1915. Hall of Famer Nap Lajoie performed all 1,614 of his video games from 1902-14.


On a sunny afternoon with the roof open, there was an introduced crowd of 28,396 at Globe Life Field, the place the Rangers drew 2,110,258 followers this season. The NFL’s Dallas Cowboys drew a crowd of 93,262 for its victory over the Carolina Panthers throughout the road.


Rangers: RHP Matt Bush was activated from the 60-day injured checklist after not pitching for Texas since April 7 due to proper elbow irritation. The 35-year-old struck out one pitching an ideal sixth.


Indians: Their first recreation because the Guardians can be within the 2022 season opener at residence March 31 in opposition to Kansas City.

Rangers: Texas opens the 2022 season at residence March 31 in opposition to the New York Yankees.