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St. Louis at Washington

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    Cardinals 3, Nationals 3

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    VIERA, Fla. (AP) - Shelby Miller isn't likely to break camp with the St. Louis Cardinals this spring. The 21-year-old pitching prospect gave a good indication, though, that he's not that far away from being able to make an impact in the big leagues.

    Overcoming the early jitters of his first spring training start, Miller allowed one run on two hits in two innings against the Washington Nationals on Wednesday in a game stopped after nine innings with the score tied at 3.

    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was particularly impressed with the way Miller was able to mix up his pitches, instead of simply relying on an overpowering fastball.

    "He's just got good stuff," Matheny said. "He's starting to use his off-speed pitches a little better. He's getting a feel of when to use them when he's behind in the count. He's maturing every time he gets out there."

    Jordan Zimmermann threw three scoreless innings in his spring training debut for the Nationals. He struck out three and gave up three hits.

    Zimmermann has said he hopes to throw at least 200 innings this season after the club limited him to 161 1-3 in 2011 when he was a year removed from Tommy John surgery.

    "I just wanted to locate the fastball," Zimmermann said. "I had kind of a rough time today. I was all over the zone with it. But when I needed to make a pitch, I was able to make a pitch. That's the main thing, locate the fastball and mix in a few off-speed (pitches) for the first time."

    Cardinals reliever Lance Lynn gave up a tying, two-run homer to Carlos Maldonado in the ninth.

    Daniel Descalso homered for St. Louis.

    Ian Desmond led off the game for Washington with a double and later scored on a single by Jason Michaels.

    That first inning also produced a scare for St. Louis when Miller collided with Descalso, who was chasing a wind-blown popup from third base.

    Miller said he felt pain in his calf, but insisted he would be all right. He retired the Nationals in order in the next inning.

    Miller has been picked the Cardinals' minor league pitcher of the year the past two seasons. While he is likely to start this season in Triple-A, he isn't hiding the fact he'd like to make the jump to the big leagues at some point soon.

    "I definitely feel closer than I have the past two years, just because I've thrown in the high minor leagues and succeeded," he said. "I had a really good year last year and hopefully will get an opportunity to pitch in St. Louis this year."

    Being able to rely on more than just his fastball is not only something he learned facing Double-A hitters last season, it also could be the key to ramping up that big league timetable.

    "It's something that needs to be done for me to get to St. Louis, because it's something that's going to help me in the long run," Miller said. "I've always loved throwing fastballs more in the past, but now I'm getting to love to throw my changeup and curveball more because it's fun to watch the pitch move, and it's fun to make the hitters look a little silly sometimes, if you can."

    NOTES: Nationals 1B Adam LaRoche had hoped to make his spring training debut Wednesday, but now it looks like Saturday at the earliest as he continues to work his way back from a slightly sprained left ankle. LaRoche played in a minor league game Wednesday, which gave him a chance to see some live pitching. ... Jayson Werth's strained forearm is not a concern and he is in the Nationals' lineup for Thursday. ... Matheny said reliever Fernando Salas would pitch Thursday against Boston. ... Cardinals OF Adron Chambers' pants were noticeably tighter Wednesday after former St. Louis star Willie McGee told the speedster the baggy pants he had on made him look less aerodynamic. "Willie told him that early in the day, and by the end of the day, he's already got leotards on," Matheny said. "That's respect."

     
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    St. Louis Cardinals
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Eugenio Velez, LF3000011 .167
        Oscar Taveras, LF2000001 .000
    Daniel Descalso, 3B4221101 .400
    Jon Jay, CF3020010 .400
        Adron Chambers, CF2110002 .143
    Matt Adams, 1B5020013 .444
    Tyler Greene, 2B3011211 .333
    Zack Cox, DH3010021 .250
       a- Mark Hamilton, PH-DH2000002 .333
    Bryan Anderson, C2010001 .667
        Greg Garcia, PR0000000 .000
        Koyie Hill, C2000003 .000
    Alex Cora, SS3010003 .250
        Ryan Jackson, PR-SS1010000 .500
    Erik Komatsu, RF4010004 .333
    Totals39313236  
    a-grounded out for Cox in the 7th
    Batting
    HR - Daniel Descalso (1, Purke)
    RBI - Daniel Descalso (1), Tyler Greene (1)
    SB - Tyler Greene (1, 2nd base off Zimmermann/Flores), Ryan Jackson (2, 2nd base off Clippard/Solano)
    Team LOB - 13
    Fielding
    DP - Descalso-T. Greene-Adams
    E - Koyie Hill (1, Dropped fly)
    St. Louis Cardinals
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Shelby Miller 2211110 4.50
    Kevin Siegrist 1000010 0.00
    Jason Motte 1000100 0.00
    Tyrell Jenkins 1000000 0.00
    Adam Ottavino 1000140 0.00
    Marc Rzepczynski (H,1) 1000020 0.00
    Lance Lynn (BS,1) 2321031 4.50
    WP - Adam Ottavino 2 (2)
    Pitches-Strikes - Shelby Miller 14-10, Kevin Siegrist 5-5, Jason Motte 7-3, Tyrell Jenkins 3-3, Adam Ottavino 17-12, Marc Rzepczynski 7-7, Lance Lynn 16-15
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shelby Miller 2-3, Jason Motte 2-1, Marc Rzepczynski 1-0, Lance Lynn 2-0
    Batters Faced - Shelby Miller 9, Kevin Siegrist 3, Jason Motte 4, Tyrell Jenkins 3, Adam Ottavino 5, Marc Rzepczynski 3, Lance Lynn 8
    Washington Nationals
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Ian Desmond, SS2110000 .091
        Jarrett Hoffpauir, SS-2B2010000 .143
    Stephen Lombardozzi, 2B2000011 .167
        Xavier Paul, LF2000021 .000
    Rick Ankiel, CF2000001 .400
        Carlos Rivero, 3B2000011 .000
    Chad Tracy, 1B1000100 .200
        Tyler Moore, 1B2110011 .143
    Jason Michaels, DH1011100 .667
       a- Carlos Maldonado, PH-DH1112100 .333
    Mark Teahen, 3B2000013 .000
        Anthony Rendon, SS2000022 .125
    Roger Bernadina, LF-CF4000021 .333
    Jesus Flores, C2000000 .333
        Jhonatan Solano, C2000000 .000
    Corey Brown, RF3000010 .333
    Totals32353311  
    a-walked for Michaels in the 6th
    Batting
    2B - Ian Desmond (1, Miller)
    HR - Carlos Maldonado (1, Lynn)
    RBI - Jason Michaels (2), Carlos Maldonado 2 (2)
    2-OUT RBI - Jason Michaels (2)
    SB - Xavier Paul (1, 2nd base off Ottavino/Hill)
    Team LOB - 5
    Fielding
    Outfield Assists - Roger Bernadina 1
    DP - Bernadina-Lombardozzi, Hoffpauir-Rendon-Moore
    E - Jarrett Hoffpauir (1, Throwing)
    Washington Nationals
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Jordan Zimmermann 3300130 0.00
    Matt Purke (BS,1) 2411021 4.50
    Ryan Mattheus 1100010 0.00
    Brad Lidge 1321000 4.50
    Tyler Clippard 1100100 4.50
    Drew Storen 1100100 0.00
    HBP - Anderson (by Jordan Zimmermann)
    Pitches-Strikes - Jordan Zimmermann 23-17, Matt Purke 18-16, Ryan Mattheus 6-6, Brad Lidge 7-7, Tyler Clippard 9-4, Drew Storen 7-3
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jordan Zimmermann 2-3, Matt Purke 2-2, Ryan Mattheus 2-0, Brad Lidge 4-0, Tyler Clippard 1-2, Drew Storen 1-1
    Batters Faced - Jordan Zimmermann 13, Matt Purke 10, Ryan Mattheus 4, Brad Lidge 7, Tyler Clippard 5, Drew Storen 4
    Game Information
    Attendance - 4403
    Game Time - 2:50
    Temperature - 78
    Umpires - Home - Gary Cederstrom, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - Paul Nauert