Video: Watch George Springer crush a homer off of the catwalk at Tropicana Field

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With a first-inning strikeout against Rays starter David Price, Astros outfielder George Springer was 0-for-5 with five strikeouts in his young career against the lefty. He turned that around in a hurry. In the third inning, Springer crushed a first-pitch fastball to left field off of the catwalk for a two-run home run. It traveled an estimated 438 feet.

Following the blast, the 24-year-old Springer bumped his slash line up to .249/.347/.474 with 13 home runs and 38 RBI in 248 plate appearances.

Watch Springer go deep:

Rakuten Golden Eagles sign Jabari Blash

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Former Angels outfielder Jabari Blash has signed a one-year deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball, the team announced Friday. Per the Japan Times, the deal is said to be worth around $1.06 million. Blash was released from his contract with the Angels at the end of November.

The 29-year-old outfielder has had a rough go of it in the majors, where he failed to duplicate the promising results he delivered in the minors. While he consistently batted above .250 with 20-30 home runs per season at the Double- and Triple-A level, he petered out in back-to-back gigs with the Padres and Angels and slumped toward a .103/.200/.128 finish across 45 PA for Anaheim in 2018.

The hope, of course, is that the environment in NPB will help him get a better handle on his issues at the plate — in a best case scenario, resulting in a full-scale transformation that could make him more marketable to MLB teams in the future. To that end, Blash expects to be utilized as a cleanup batter in the Eagles’ lineup and will focus on assisting the club as they make a run toward the Japan Series.