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RHP Taylor Jordan will make his start Sunday against the San Diego Padres. After another rocky outing Tuesday against Los Angeles, there was speculation that LHP Ross Detwiler would make a spot start, but the Nationals confirmed the rookie would keep his turn in the rotation. Jordan is 0-3 with a 6.23 ERA this season. OF Scott Hairston, who has been on the 15-day disabled list since April 6, took early batting practice Wednesday. If he responds well, the team will look to place him in a minor-league rehab assignment to get some live at-bats.

Nats beat Angels with four in bottom of ninth

Nats beat Angels with four in bottom of ninth WASHINGTON -- Pulling out come-from-behind victories is nothing new for the Washington Nationals this season, but this one might be the best thus far. Trailing by three heading into the bottom of the ninth and looking at a three-game sweep, the Nationals rallied for four runs against Los Angeles' beleaguered bullpen to earn a shocking 5-4 victory Wednesday, Washington's seventh come-from-behind win this year.

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RHP Doug Fister (right lat sprain) went on the 15-day DL on March 29. He is slated to throw again on Tuesday, according to manager Matt Williams. "He is five days between starts. He is on regular five-day rest," Williams said. Fister threw two innings on Thursday in an extending spring training game in Florida.

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RHP Doug Fister (right lat sprain) went on the 15-day DL on March 29. He is slated to throw again on Tuesday, according to manager Matt Williams. "He is five days between starts. He is on regular five-day rest," Williams said. Fister threw two innings on Thursday in an extending spring training game in Florida.

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MLB Team Report - Washington Nationals - INSIDE PITCH WASHINGTON -- Tyler Clippard was one of the most effective eighth-inning relievers in the major leagues last season. The right-hander had an ERA of 2.41 in 72 games and since June 25, 2009, when he made his big league debut, he leads the majors with 454 strikeouts among relievers.

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RHP Stephen Strasburg got the start for the Nationals and fell behind 1-0 in the second as Matt Adams scored on a double-play grounder. Strasburg gave up a double to St. Louis pitcher Shelby Miller in the fourth to make it 2-0. The Nationals pinch-hit for Strasburg in the last of the sixth; he allowed five hits and two runs in six innings and was not involved in the decision.

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RHP Blake Treinen was sent to Triple-A Syracuse after he threw 60 pitches out of the bullpen in the 8-0 loss on Thursday to the Cardinals. In his first three big league games, he allowed just one earned run in 6 2/3 innings for an ERA of 1.35. "I think it helps with the progression of my career so far," he said before Thursday's game. "Being with guys in spring training, they make you feel so comfortable. It is definitely a team atmosphere. There is no added pressure. You just go out there and get outs.

Preview: Cardinals at Nationals

One day after the Washington Nationals’ defense came under fire in a series-opening defeat, the St. Louis Cardinals contributed to their own demise against a team they have dominated in recent years. The Nationals, who continue their four-game home set against the Cardinals on Saturday, raised their major league-high error total to 20 with three during Thursday’s 8-0 setback. St. Louis returned the favor with three miscues and a wild pitch that plated the go-ahead run in Friday’s 3-1 loss.

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RHP Doug Fister (right shoulder inflammation) threw two innings and 28 pitches on Thursday in Florida in an extended spring training game, according to manager Matt Williams. "He felt good about it. The second inning was better than the first," Williams said. The manager said Fister will stay on a five-day program and work up to a five-inning appearance, perhaps in a minor league rehab appearance. Williams hopes to have Fister with the big league club in about 20 days.

Preview: Cardinals at Nationals

The Washington Nationals had no answers for Adam Wainwright, but they hope they'll fare better against Michael Wacha. The Nationals continue their four-game home series with the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, one day after managing just two singles against Wainwright. Wacha poses a major challenge as well, especially since the 22-year-old dominated Washington in his final start of the 2013 regular season.Wacha, making his ninth career start Sept. 24, lost a no-hitter against the Nationals with two outs in the ninth inning on Ryan Zimmerman's infield hit.
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