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Max Scherzer takes the mound this afternoon against the St. Louis Cardinals in Grapefruit League action from Jupiter, FL’s Roger Dean Stadium. Radio only via MLB dot com today at 1:05 PM EST...

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Max Scherzer tossed three scoreless and hitless, striking out five batters last time out in a win over the New York Mets this past Friday. Scherzer, 33, talked to reporters after the outing in Port St. Lucie, FL about his preparation for the 2018 campaign as he builds up towards Opening Day.

Scherzer threw just 41 pitches in the three innings on the mound, and said he felt good in what was his second start of the Spring, and was especially happy that he avoided giving up a single walk.

“Built off the last start,” Scherzer said, as quoted by MASN’s Mark Zuckerman.

“Felt stronger all the way through the start today. I can feel myself getting into the swing of things. No walks, that’s always a plus. That’s a huge goal of mine every single Spring Training start. I’d rather give up home runs than walk guys in the spring. So at least I was pounding the zone.”

Scherzer makes start No. 3 this afternoon when the Nationals take on the St. Louis Cardinals in Jupiter, Florida’s Roger Dean Stadium at 1:05 PM EST in a game that is available on the radio only via MLB dot com.

Through two starts, Scherzer has given up just one run and one hit in five innings of work, striking out eight batters and holding opposing hitters to a .063 AVG thus far this Spring.

Cardinals’ righty Adam Wainwright starts for St. Louis today.

HERE’S THE NATIONALS’ LINEUP FOR TODAY’S GAME AGAINST THE CARDS: