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Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.

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In first trip back to St. Louis, Ankiel takes time to thank fans

When the Nationals were on their way to St. Louis Monday afternoon, center fielder Rick Ankiel was reminiscing about the 12 years he spent in the Cardinals' organization and what the fan support over all those years, seven of which he spent in the big leagues, mean to him. Remembering that former Cardinals slugger Jim Edmonds placed an ad in a local paper to thank fans following his departure from St. Louis in 2007, Ankiel decided that he'd like to do something similar. He made a few phone calls on the flight and the result showed up Wednesday.

The Nationals vs. today's starters: RHP Jake Westbrook, LHP Jaime Garcia

The Nationals will play their second doubleheader in four days today when they head to Busch Stadium to play a makeup game from Tuesday night at 1:15 p.m. and their regularly scheduled game at 7:15 p.m. CST. Both games will be televised on MASN2. Game 1 can be heard on the radio on WHFS 1580 am and WFED 1500 am. Game 2 will be on 106.7 fm The Fa

Sticking with what works: today's lineups

The Nationals offense finally exploded on Sunday in a doubleheader sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers and Nationals manager Jim Riggleman hasn't opted to change too much from the formula that gave him success this past weekend.

The Nationals vs. today's starter: RHP Jake Westbrook

The Nationals -- riding a three-game winning streak -- face Jake Westbrook tonight and despite the familiarity the teams may have with one another, a hefty amount of Nationals hitters have never faced Westbrook, at least not in the regular season. The Cardinals come in with their own positives to accentuate after a 6-4 road trip has catapulted them back into the conversation in the NL Central with an offense that scored an absurd 73 runs in 10 games. Nationals left-hander John Lannan will be looking to suppress that offense while he hopes his own team can continue the surge they showed off in Sunday's doubleheader sweep of the Brewers and give him some breathing room as they look to win four in a row in a place that hasn't been kind to Washington the past few years.

More on Coffey's injury, Balester's promotion

If it were September, Todd Coffey insists he would be pitching. Instead, the Washington Nationals right-hander headed to the 15-day disabled list today with a strained left calf. The move is retroactive to April 9.