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Bill Ladson

Fister OK with overall outing except for walk

Nationals righty throws two scoreless innings during Spring Training debut

Fister OK with overall outing except for walk

TAMPA, Fla. -- Right-hander Doug Fister pitched his first game of the spring Sunday afternoon, throwing two shutout innings and allowing one hit in the Nationals' 3-2 loss to the Yankees.

Fister threw 19 pitches and could have pitched an extra frame, but manager Matt Williams decided against it. The team told Fister he could throw a few more pitches in the bullpen if he wanted, but he decided to call it a day.

Fister was hard on himself after his outing. He wasn't pleased that he walked Brett Gardner with one out in the first inning.

"Not a bad outing to look at overall, but I'm still fighting myself to stay back and get on top of the ball and throw my sinker with the command that I want," Fister said. "Obviously, I walked a guy. That has got to diminish completely. Seeing some of the swings and some of the locations, I feel OK where we are at right now. We still have a lot of time to build upon."

Despite missing the first month of the 2014 season, Fister led the Nationals in victories with 16, a career high.

Asked if he had any personal goals for this season, Fister said, "I would like to be consistent. I'm not going to put a number on anything. I know I have to go out there and get 21 of the 27 outs. However I have to do that, it's how I have to grind. If I get more than that -- great. My job as a starting pitcher is to get through that seventh inning."

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.