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Nationals vs. Cardinals, 2012 NLDS Game 1: Time, TV schedule, starting pitchers and more

The Washington Nationals will take on the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Sunday afternoon.

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On Sunday at Busch Stadium, the Washington Nationals will be playing their first playoff game in franchise history against the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Nationals will be sending their Cy Young candidate to the mound in Gio Gonzalez. The southpaw had a career year in 2012, posting a 21-8 mark with a 2.89 ERA. In his only start against St. Louis, Gonzalez was absolutely sensational on Aug. 31. The youngster threw a complete-game shutout while allowing just five hits and three walks.

The Cardinals will counter with Adam Wainwright. The right-hander was once again solid for the Redbirds, recording 14 victories and a 3.94 ERA. Wainwright has seen the Nationals twice this season and couldn't have had more contrasting results.

Wainwright opposed Gonzalez on Aug. 31 and was lit up for six runs in just two and two-thirds innings. However, the 31-year-old had electric stuff on Sept. 28, throwing six innings and surrendering a single run in a winning effort.

TV: TBS

Time: 3:07 p.m. ET