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Cleveland's Major League Baseball team is heading back to Sin City next spring.
On Wednesday, the Triple-A Las Vegas Aviators announced that their Major League affiliate, the Oakland Athletics, will face the Cleveland Guardians in the 2022 Las Vegas Big League Weekend at Las Vegas Ballpark. The two-game series will take place during Spring Training on March 12-13 with both matchups scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. PT.
“We are excited to welcome back Big League Weekend to Las Vegas Ballpark after a year’s absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Aviators President/COO Don Logan said. “We welcome our major league affiliate, the Oakland Athletics, who will face Cleveland for a two-game series. Las Vegas Ballpark will once again provide an outstanding atmosphere and environment for Major League Baseball. Fans, both locals and tourists that visit during this event, will have a memorable time.”
As a part of the matchup, Cleveland will be making its fourth appearance in Las Vegas. In 2020, the then-Indians faced the A's in the inaugural Las Vegas Big League Weekend, with the franchise having also previously played Spring Training games in Las Vegas in 2018 and 1998.
The 2022 season will mark Cleveland's first using the Guardians' name. Earlier on Tuesday, the franchise announced that it had settled a lawsuit with the Cleveland Guardians roller derby team, which will allow both organizations to use the name moving forward.