Haren hoping to turn things around against the Cards

The Cardinals return to D.C. today for the first time since rudely knocking the Nationals out of the 2012 playoffs in Game 5 of the National League Division Series.

I'm guessing Pete Kozma won't be getting too many free beers in the district over the next three days.

The Cards, like the Nats, have a 10-8 record on the season. They've won six of their last 10.

Shelby Miller, St. Louis' young stud, will take the mound tonight. He's gotten off to a really nice start to the season, going 2-1 with a 1.96 ERA in three starts.

In his first three starts as a National, Dan Haren has allowed 12 earned runs and 26 hits over 13 1/3 innings.

Three outings, three times exiting the game before seeing the sixth inning. Is April 22 too early for a starter to need a quality performance? Maybe not.

Tonight, Haren gets the Cardinals, a team that has put up 93 runs on the season, fifth-best in the majors.

For the Nats:

CF Denard Span
RF Jayson Werth
LF Bryce Harper
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
3B Anthony Rendon
2B Danny Espinosa
C Kurt Suzuki
RHP Dan Haren

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