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Springer hits first HR of Blue Jays' season


Outfielder George Springer hit the first home run of the 2024 Toronto Blue Jays' season in the fourth inning of Thursday's opener.

Springer took a hanging breaking ball from right-hander Zach Eflin and deposited it in the left-centre field seats as the Blue Jays tied the Tampa Bay Rays 1-1.

The Rays jumped out to an early lead on a lead-off homer by Yandy Diaz.

Springer hit 21 home runs in 154 games with the Jays last season, his third in Toronto since signing a six-year deal. The 34-year-old hit three home runs in 16 games this spring.

Cavan Biggio and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. added home runs as well as the Blue Jays cruised to an 8-2 victory.

The Blue Jays and Rays continue their season-opening four-game series Friday night at Tropicana Field.