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Batterymates Fister, Lobaton work well in tandem

Batterymates Fister, Lobaton work well in tandem

CINCINNATI -- Nationals right-hander Doug Fister and catcher Jose Lobaton have been a good battery this season. In fact, in eight games this season, Fister has a 1.83 ERA when Lobaton is behind the plate.

"We are on the same page as natural as we could be," Fister said. "We want to attack hitters with our best stuff. We just try to keep them off balance. We try to stay with no pattern. We kind of throw anything and everything at them all at once."

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Lobaton agreed with Fister. They are always on the same page, but it helps, according to Lobaton, that Fister throws strikes.

"Whatever I've seen, I talk to him between innings. I'll say, 'I don't like this, I don't like that.' He is with me. So he trusts me every time I call a pitch," Lobaton says. "That's good. It makes me feel comfortable, and he feels comfortable, too.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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