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Westbrook, Cardinals look to shut down Nationals

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St. Louis Cardinals' Jake Westbrook throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning of an MLB baseball game on Wednesday, April 13, 2011, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) By Ross D. Franklin St. Louis Cardinals' Jake Westbrook throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning of an MLB baseball game on Wednesday, April 13, 2011, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) By Ross D. Franklin
Washington Nationals starting pitcher John Lannan throws during the first inning of a baseball game against Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park on Wednesday, April 13, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) By Manuel Balce Ceneta Washington Nationals starting pitcher John Lannan throws during the first inning of a baseball game against Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park on Wednesday, April 13, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) By Manuel Balce Ceneta

(KMOV) – The St. Louis Cardinals return home from their first road trip of the season.  The Cardinals went 6-4 on their west coast trip and now prepare for a three-game series against the Washington Nationals.  Here is a look at tonight’s pitching match-up:

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LHP John Lannan (1-1, 3.38 ERA)

John Lannan takes the mound for the fourth time this season.  The left-hander has not pitched more than six innings in any of his starts in 2011.  He lost his last start on Wednesday against the Philadelphia Phillies.  Lannan has not given up a homerun this season and is 1-2 in five starts against the Cardinals with a 2.36 ERA.  Cardinal hitters are batting .220 against lefties this season.

RHP Jake Westbrook (1-1, 7.63 ERA)

Jake Westbrook will be starting his fourth game of the season for the Cardinals.  He allowed 5 runs (2 earned) against the Arizona Diamondbacks in a 15-5 win on Wednesday.  The right-hander has yet to pitch six innings in any of his previous three starts.  He has allowed 11 walks in 15.1 innings pitched this season.  Westbrook is 1-1 with a 3.14 ERA in two starts against the Nationals.
 

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