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Cleveland Indians follow Washington, could change controversial name

Cleveland Indians follow Washington, could change controversial name

Have we seen the last game between the A's and the Cleveland Indians as they're known today? Just hours after the NFL team in Washington announced it would consider changing its racist nickname, Cleveland's MLB franchise released a statement indicating that the team was open to discussions on changing the "Indians" nickname.

The franchise has used the "Indians" moniker for over a century, switching over from the Cleveland Naps back in 1915. Broncos, Bluebirds, Lake Shores and Bustlers all also are nicknames the franchise has had in its lengthy history.

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Cleveland's management clearly has understood how the nickname could be considered offensive, as it removed the controversial "Chief Wahoo" alternate logo from the team's uniforms and most apparel at the end of the 2018 season.

Public pressure has mounted in the wake of sweeping support across the nation for reform to fight systemic racism and police brutality in the United States. 

It won't be a surprise if we see not one, but two major American sports franchises completely rebrand with a new nickname and mascot before 2020 wraps up.

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A's vs. Angels live stream: How to watch MLB games online, on TV

A's vs. Angels live stream: How to watch MLB games online, on TV

The A's are going streaking.

Oakland (12-4) has won nine straight games and look to make it 10 in a row when they head south to face the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The A's are coming off a sweep of the rival Houston Astros, which was punctuated by a benches-clearing brawl between the two sides when Ramón Laureano charged at the Astros' dugout.

The Angels (5-11) just got swept by the Texas Rangers and sit in last place in the AL West.

Here's how you can watch the A's play the Rangers online (download the MyTeams app here!) and on TV:

Monday, Aug. 10

When: A's Pregame Live at 6 p.m. PT -- First pitch at 6:40 p.m. PT
TV: NBC Sports California
Stream: MyTeams app

Tuesday, Aug. 11

When: A's Pregame Live at 6 p.m. PT -- First pitch at 6:40 p.m. PT
TV: NBC Sports California
Stream: MyTeams app

Wednesday, Aug. 12

When: A's Pregame Live at 12:30 p.m. PT -- First pitch at 1:10 p.m. PT
TV: NBC Sports California
Stream: MyTeams app

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MLB rumors: Ramon Laureano, Astros coach expected to be suspended

MLB rumors: Ramon Laureano, Astros coach expected to be suspended

Punishments will be handed down for the A's-Houston Astros brawl that took place Sunday in Oakland. And they're expected to be long.

It also is expected that A's outfielder Ramon Laureano won't be the only one serving a suspension. USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported Monday that Astros hitting coach Alex Cintron also will be suspended as well. 

Laureano, after being hit by a pitch for the second time Sunday and third time in Oakland's series against Houston, charged after the Astros' dugout when Cintron provoked him and instigated what turned into a benches-clearing brawl

According to former Astros beat writer Jose de Jesus Ortiz, what sparked Laureano's anger was Cintron mentioning the A's outfielder's mother in a negative way. A's manager Bob Melvin also placed blame on Cintron for causing the fight. 

“I think the league will know who it is, and that person should get suspended,” Melvin told reporters after the game. “Hopefully that’s the case, and nowadays without fans in the stands, and mics everywhere, my guess is they know who he is.” 

Melvin also doesn't know why there weren't any Astros ejected. A's catcher Austin Allen, along with Laureano, was ejected from the game. But Cintron was not. Neither was former A's catcher Dustin Garneau, who tackled Laureano when the outfielder charged the dugout.

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“I don’t know how we ended up getting a couple guys kicked out and it kind of came out of their dugout and I don’t understand it, it’s just how it worked out,” Melvin said.

Losing Laureano will be a big blow. The A's have won nine games in a row, and Laureano is hitting .278 with three homers this season. It doesn't fix everything, not at all, but A's fans will be happy to see Cintron also punished.

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