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Nationals to Face Cardinals in NLDS; Game 1 Sunday



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    ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 30: Danny Espinosa #8 of the Washington Nationals commits an error as David Freese #23 of the St. Louis Cardinals slides safely into second in the second inning on September 30, 2012 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)

    The Washington Nationals will face the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Division Series. Game 1 is Sunday afternoon at Busch Stadium.

    St. Louis defeated the Atlanta Braves 6-3 Friday in the NL Wild Card matchup. The Cardinals' victory snapped the Braves' 23-game winning streak when Kris Medlen starts, a Major-League record that stretched back to 2010.

    The Nationals faced the Cardinals seven times during the regular season, winning four of the games, but lost two of three in St. Louis Sept. 28-30 by a combined score of 26-12. Gio Gonzalez will start for Washington Sunday.

    The schedule for the series is below. Games 1 and 2 will be in St. Louis before the series shifts to Nationals Park Wednesday for Games 3-5. All games will be broadcast on TBS.

    Game 1: Sunday, Oct. 7 - 3:07 p.m. ET

    Game 2: Monday, Oct. 8 - 4:37 p.m. ET

    Game 3: Wednesday, Oct. 10 - TBA

    Game 4 (if necessary): Thursday, Oct. 11 - TBA

    Game 5 (if necessary): Friday, Oct. 12 - TBA

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