VIERA, Fla. (AP) -- Washington shortstop Ian Desmond and second baseman Danny Espinosa seem to be always communicating -- on and off the field.
Their lockers are next to each other and in the Nationals' clubhouse they're always talking about something.
Desmond says they "keep pretty much an open relationship." He says they have good communication and talk about everything, "hitting, fielding . music."
More often than not, though, their conversation is about defense. They bounce ideas off each other about where to position themselves in certain scenarios and reminding each other where they like the ball when trying to make the turn at second base.
It's what good double-play combinations do, and with Desmond and Espinosa, the Nationals have a potentially dynamite tandem in their middle infield.