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Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Jacoby Ellsbury has battled back from an oblique issue and an illness to make his first spring appearance in a few weeks. He led off with a strong at-bat, fouling off a couple pitches before drawing a walk.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Here's Estevan Florial showing off his speed with a triple from earlier this spring:


Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

After adjusting my Alex Cobb projection, I've moved him up just two spots, from SP74 to SP72. It's a ballpark downgrade for him, and while he's a ground baller, the Orioles' infield isn't really that much better defensively than the Rays' was in 2017.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Daniel Murphy said it's "reasonable to expect" that he won't be ready for Opening Day. The Nats' second baseman, whose .322 average last year was second in the NL, is recovering from offseason microfracture surgery on his knee. If Murphy isn't ready, Wilmer Difo and/or Howie Kendrick will plug the hole.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs strength coach Tim Buss dressed as Uncle Sam as Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA plays while the Cubs warm up.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Today's Nats/Astros matchup could be a World Series preview. Or it could be just another spring training game. Regardless, Washington outfielder Adam Eaton, appearing in just his third contest as he recovers from a torn ACL, is just happy to be back on the field. "Once your body gets into that zone of playing baseball, you don't think about anything. You react." Eaton, who's batting leadoff today, is 3-for-4 with a homer and a walk so far.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Sources: With the deferred money factored in, the present-day value of Alex Cobb's contract with the Orioles is $47 million.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Nats skipper Davey Martinez hired a DJ to spin tunes during today's workout. "We got six days left," said Martinez. "I wanted to turn it up a notch." Apparently, he turned it up too much - the music was so loud that the power blew out on the back fields of the complex.