CLEVELAND (AP) — Carlos Rodón and Joey Bart helped spoil Cleveland's first home game as the Guardians.
Rodón allowed one run in seven innings and Bart hit a two-run homer in the eighth to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 4-1 victory Friday at Progressive Field.
Rodón (1-0) struck out nine, and gave up two hits and a pair of walks as the Giants won their third straight. Brandon Crawford and Joc Pederson added solo homers, and Camilo Doval pitched the ninth for his second save.
"They were swinging early and were really aggressive, so I just went out there and attacked," said Rodón, who no-hit Cleveland last season with the White Sox. "They had some good fights, but when I'm working off my fastball, everything else seems to fall in line."
Cleveland was known as the Indians from 1915-2021 before its rebranding, which remains somewhat divisive among local fans. It previously used the nicknames Blues (1900-1901), Bronchos (1902) and Naps (1903-1914).
"I'm proud that we have Cleveland on the front, that's what's really meaningful," manager Terry Francona said. "We're just trying to be respectful. People aren't real big on change sometimes, but if you ask some people of color, status quo isn't always so good."
SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED
Ramírez, who would have been eligible for free agency after the 2023 season, signed a seven-year, $141 million contract Thursday. The three-time All-Star has spent his entire 10-year career with Cleveland.
"I think, definitely, it would be a lot better if more players did that," Ramírez said, adding with a chuckle. "Because in reality, I just want my daughter to use only one (team) jacket."
Owner Paul Dolan and president Chris Antonetti presided over the press conference.
Two-time Academy Award winning actor Tom Hanks, who began his career at the Great Lakes Theatre Festival in Cleveland, threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Doby Jr. Hanks, who voiced over the Guardians' name announcement video on July 23, 2021, had a replica volleyball from the film "Cast Away" on the mound.
Giants: 2B Tommy LaStella (right Achilles inflammation), who has been on the 10-day injured list since April 4, has resumed baseball activities. Manager Gabe Kapler said LaStella is fielding grounders, hitting and running.
Guardians: 1B Yu Chang (illness) was placed on the IL with an undisclosed issue, allowing LHP Konnor Pilkington to be recalled from Triple-A Columbus mere hours after being optioned to the Clippers to make room for Naylor.
Giants: RHP Anthony DeSclafani (0-0, 4.91 ERA) struck out five and allowed two runs over 3 2/3 innings in a no-decision in his first start on April 10 against Miami.
Guardians: RHP Cal Quantrill (1-0, 3.60 ERA) earned the victory in his first start, surrendering two runs and four hits over five innings on April 10 at Kansas City.