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Morning Mound Visit: Rays trade for Nelson Cruz

Rays get a bat; Cleveland gets a new name?; Mercedes un-retires?

Minnesota Twins v Chicago White Sox - Game One Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images

Daniel Russell | DRays Bay: The Tampa Bay Rays acquired Nelson Cruz from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for Joe Ryan and Drew Strotman. Calvin Faucher is also headed to Tampa in the deal. Cruz is currently hitting .294/.370/.537. Ryan and Strotman are both hard-throwing starters who are close to the majors.

Paul Hoynes | The Cleveland Baseball Team have settled on a new name but are not ready to reveal it yet, per reporting from Paul Hoynes. There’s no timeline for when the new name will be unveiled. Rob Manfred probably wants to give people time to bet on what the name will be.

Year of the Hamster | South Side Sox: One day after stepping away from baseball, Yermín Mercedes has un-retired. Mercedes announced his return on Instagram with a photo of a phoenix rising from the ashes because of course he did.

Quick Hits

Down to their final out, the Red Sox tied it up on a Kiké Hernández double.

Harrison Bader ran about 150 feet to make this diving catch.

Billy McKinney paid an homage to Raul Ibañez.