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Indians to review long-debated name

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CLEVELAND (AP) They've been known as the Cleveland Indians since 1915. Those days could be over.

Amid new pressure sparked by a national movement to correct racial wrongdoings, the Indians said Friday night they will review their long-debated nickname which has been in place for 105 years.

"We are committed to making a positive impact in our community and embrace our responsibility to advance social justice and equality," the team said in a statement that came just hours after the NFL's Washington Redskins announced a similar move. "Our organization fully recognizes our team name is among the most visible ways in which we connect with the community."

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MLB: 31 players, 7 staff test positive

NEW YORK (AP) Thirty-one Major League Baseball players and seven staff members tested positive for COVID-19 during intake for the resumption of training, a rate of 1.2%.

MLB and the players' association announced the results Friday as teams resumed workouts for the first time since the coronavirus interrupted spring training on March 12, two weeks before the season was to start. Opening day has been reset for July 23, the latest in baseball history, and the regular season has been reduced to 60 games in the shortest schedule since 1878.

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MLB cancels ASG, Dodgers to host in 2022

LOS ANGELES (AP) Dodger Stadium’s 40-year wait to host the All-Star Game is going to last even longer.

The game scheduled for July 14 was canceled Friday because of the coronavirus pandemic, and Dodger Stadium was awarded the 2022 Midsummer Classic. The 2021 game is set for Atlanta’s Truist Park, home to the Braves since 2017.

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Trout conveys concerns about playing

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Mike Trout rounded third base wearing a white N-95 mask Friday morning as he participated in the Los Angeles Angels first workout of summer camp.

The reigning American League MVP is taking every necessary precaution as he ponders whether he will be the lineup when the season begins in three weeks.

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Nats C Castillo to opt out of season

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Indians OF DeShields positive for COVID

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Rangers open summer camp at new stadium

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers were supposed to be all settled in and fully acquainted with their new stadium by now, ready to spend the July 4 holiday weekend playing games at home.

But instead of preparing Friday to play their 44th home game of the season, and 89th overall, they opened an unprecedented summer camp. Their first official workout in the new $1.2 billion Globe Life Field, and under the closed retractable roof, came nearly four months after they were in Arizona when MLB shut down spring training because of the coronavirus pandemic, and three weeks before they expect to finally play the home opener.

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Nats return wary of safety protocols

WASHINGTON (AP) Dave Martinez's mantra of going 1-0 every day followed the Washington Nationals to their first World Series title.

When they resumed workouts Friday at summer training camp in the midst of a global pandemic, the manager's mantra remained. Only, it has a different meaning for the defending champions tiptoeing the health and safety protocols that made baseball feel anything but natural.

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Rays' Snell reports, puts remarks behind

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Rays ace Blake Snell reported for work, after all.

The 27-year-old Snell made headlines in May when he said he opposed the idea of players taking further pay reductions to start the season during a pandemic - that it was not worth the health risk. But he said Friday it wasn't difficult to start playing again after the players' agreement with Major League Baseball included their full pro-rated salaries.

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