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JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Cristian Guzman made his first start at second base since losing the shortstop job to rookie Ian Desmond and helped turn two double plays in the Washington Nationals' 9-6 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.
Guzman also went 3 for 4 with two doubles and two RBIs.
Guzman has played 1,272 games, all at shortstop. Manager Jim Riggleman said Guzman will be "somewhat of a utility player, but more than that."
Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright, who led the NL with 19 wins, allowed five earned runs on 10 hits in five innings. John Lannan, Washington's opening day starter, allowed two unearned runs in five innings.
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