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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Kris Bryant said he got "goose bumps" driving home yesterday while thinking about what the Cubs can do on offense this season: "We might have a 30 home run lead off hitter."

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Batting leadoff...Bryce Harper? Nats skipper Davey Martinez is open to the idea. "Maybe. We'll talk about, play with it. Before I do it, I'll definitely have a conversation with him." Harper, who hit leadoff last Saturday, hasn't done it during the regular season since 2013, when he did it 16 times. If the Cubs, where Martinez served as Joe Maddon's bench coach the last three years, are any indication, Martinez means what he says: Slugger Anthony Rizzo, who had never hit leadoff prior to 2017, did it 14 times last season.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Earlier today, Aaron Boone said he didn't like the idea of pitchers using their own personal catchers. He stood by that again just now, telling reporters Gary Sanchez — a catcher he called "elite" — was in a good place with the entire staff. Added Jordan Montgomery (who spent 20 games last season pitching to Austin Romine compared to six with Sanchez): "Me and Gary have been going pretty good. We can just keep being on the same page, and he can keep hitting homers for me."

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Aaron Boone considered Jordan Montgomery's "pitch-efficient" six-inning, 61-pitch outing a good one. He said it was a good step as Montgomery gets ready to start New York's home opener April 2. "You can tell he's gotten more comfortable in his delivery," Boone added.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Jacoby Ellsbury called today's game his "first test" of the oblique muscle that he injured earlier this spring. He's had ABs during pitchers' sides, but obviously no game action. He was expecting two at-bats today, but was glad he got to the plate three times. Seeing a lot of pitches each appearance, he said this was a "productive day."

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.