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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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MLB Team Report - St. Louis Cardinals - INSIDE PITCH WASHINGTON -- Adam Wainwright does not wear down. The St. Louis Cardinals right-hander threw 110 pitches Thursday, 75 for strikes, while pitching a two-hit shutout against the Washington Nationals. The Cardinals cruised to an 8-0 victory in the opener of a four-game series between the 2012 playoff foes. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny noted that Wainwright was still in the low 90s with his fastball at around pitch No. 100.

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LF Bryce Harper missed Wednesday's start due to a left-quad injury. Manager Matt Williams said Harper should be ready to play Thursday but the Nationals are being very cautious with their star player. This is the type of injury that could linger if not treated correctly. RHP Tanner Roark got a no-decision Wednesday against Miami. He allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings and his ERA for the year is 5.29. He is usually very good against the Marlins -- in four career appearances -- including two starts and a total of 15 1/3 innings -- Roark has a 1.76 ERA.

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RHP Nathan Eovaldi gets the start Friday against the visiting Seattle Mariners, and he has some trends working in his favor. His ERA at home (3.46) is much better than his 5.68 road number. And he has been pretty good in interleague play -- a 1.74 ERA.

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RHP Nathan Eovaldi gets the start Friday against the visiting Seattle Mariners, and he has some trends working in his favor. His ERA at home (3.46) is much better than his 5.68 road number. And he has been pretty good in interleague play -- a 1.74 ERA.

Washington Nationals - PlayerWatch

LF Bryce Harper missed Wednesday's start due to a left-quad injury. Manager Matt Williams said Harper should be ready to play Thursday but the Nationals are being very cautious with their star player. This is the type of injury that could linger if not treated correctly. RHP Tanner Roark got a no-decision Wednesday against Miami. He allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings and his ERA for the year is 5.29. He is usually very good against the Marlins -- in four career appearances -- including two starts and a total of 15 1/3 innings -- Roark has a 1.76 ERA.

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MLB Team Report - Washington Nationals - INSIDE PITCH MIAMI -- Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth is not a big fan of Marlins Park. It is too big -- at least in the opinion of Werth, who has hit numerous balls there that he felt might be gone ... only to stay in the park.
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