Play of the Day: Yasiel Puig recovers from misjudging a fly ball

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Yoenis Cespedes isn’t the only outfielder who can turn a poor play in the outfield into a gem. Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig misread a Drew Stubbs fly ball to right field, coming in before dashing back and making a leaping grab. Wilin Rosario, who was on second, tagged up and scampered to third base, but Puig scrambled to his feet and fired a strike to Hanley Ramriez who made the toss to third base for the out.

Watch Puig’s catch and throw:

Despite the base running blunder, which happened after the Rockies nearly lost an 8-2 lead when the Dodgers scored five in the seventh, the Rockies were able to eke out an 8-7 win to halt a five-game losing streak. They have won only three of their last 19 games.

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.