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Nats, Strasburg host Cardinals up 2-0

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WASHINGTON (AP) Thanks to some superb pitching, the countdown is on to the Washington Nationals' first World Series appearance in franchise history.

Up 2-0 on the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Championship Series after near no-hitters from Anibal Sanchez and Max Scherzer, the Nationals turn to historically strong playoff pitcher Stephen Strasburg in Game 3 Monday with the chance to take a stranglehold.

"They're getting quick outs. They're constantly ahead in counts," Nationals closer Sean Doolittle said Sunday. "Those kinds of things are kind of things that, when you're down there in the bullpen, you see that, and you feed off that energy. So when your number gets called, you basically want to do the same thing. You want to pick up where they left off and get the ball to the next guy."

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