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SAN FRANCISCO - Down two games to none the cards are certainly stacked against the Washington Nationals. If they need some motivation, though, all they have to do is look across at the opposing dugout. Washington tries to stave off elimination on Monday, as the National League Division Series shifts to San Francisco for Game 3 at AT&T Park. History is not on the Nationals side. Since the current divisional format began in 1995 there have been 46 teams who have gone ahead 2-0 in a Division Series and only five have lost the series. However, the last team to do it was the 2012 Giants, who, of course, went on to win the World Series. Yeah, it can be done, Washington manager Matt Williams said Sunday. It can certainly be done. You have to start with the first one. It may be a tall order, though, against a Giants team that has won an NL- record 10 straight postseason games and will be throwing their ace, Madison Bumgarner, in front of what should be a raucous crowd. Bumgarner has already left his mark on this postseason, throwing a four-hit shutout to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates in the wild card game. If there was no Clayton Kershaw we may very well be talking about an NL Cy Young Award for Bumgarner, who set career-high marks in wins (18) and strikeouts (219) this season and pitched to a 2.98 ERA. We are confident with Bum on the mound on Monday, said Giants first baseman Brandon Belt. Definitely not taking it for granted. We have seen teams come back down from 0-2 and win the series. We are going to go in there and try to play our best baseball. If we dont, they will take advantage of it. While Bumgarner was one of the best road pitchers in the league this season, he was quite ordinary at home, going 7-6 with a 5.03 ERA in 15 starts. In seven starts versus the Nationals, hes pitched to a 2.60 ERA. This will be Bumgarners ninth career postseason appearance. He is 4-2 with a 3.02 ERA. As boring as it sounds, youve got to treat it like any other game, he said. For me, its fun and exciting to go out there and get amped up and pumped up for the game. But for me, and a lot of people, when you do that, you dont play as good of baseball as you should. So its important to push all the nerves and anxiety and excitement aside and just play good, fundamentally sound baseball. Washington, meanwhile, will be throwing a postseason stalwart of its own in Doug Fister, who actually matched up against Bumgarner in the 2012 World Series as a member of the Detroit Tigers. Fister is no stranger to October baseball, as Mondays start will be his 17th postseason appearance. A surprise injury replacement during his postseason debut in 2011, Fister has gone 3-1 with a 2.08 ERA in 15 October games, all with the Tigers. Its definitely a benefit with having some experience, Fister said. But it just comes down to executing, and that is a big thing. These guys have played well for a long time and they are on quite a roll. But at the same time, we have been backed into a corner before. Weve been through a lot of ups and downs, and I think thats something thats definitely going to help us here where were down 0-2. Fister missed the first month of the season with a lat strain, but eventually enjoyed the best statistical season of his career, going 16-5 with a 2.20 ERA over his final 24 starts. The righty also walked a total of just 24 batters in those games. We dont have a choice now, Williams said. It is a must-win (game) for us. Then we must win Game 4 and hopefully get it back to (Washington). That is all we can do at this point. San Francisco moved to the brink of its third NLCS appearance in five years with a thrilling 18-inning win on Saturday. Pablo Sandovals RBI double tied the game with two outs in the ninth inning, and Belts solo homer in the 18th gave the never-say-die Giants a 2-1 victory and spoiled what was an outstanding outing from the Nats Jordan Zimmermann. Belts leadoff blast off Tanner Roark (0-1) produced the deciding run in the longest game by time in postseason history. The real hero of the game may have been Giants reliever Yusmeiro Petit, who held the Nationals to a single hit over six scoreless innings in a splendid performance out of the bullpen I was trying to get as much as I could out of him, Bochy said. Just six days removed from throwing the first no-no in Nationals history, Zimmermann yielded just three hits and retired 20 straight hitters before being lifted after walking Joe Panik with two outs in the fateful ninth. Drew Storen promptly allowed a single to Buster Posey, then Sandoval followed with a double to score Panik with the tying run. Posey actually raced home on the play only to be thrown at home on a play that was confirmed via replay review. The Nats had their way with the Giants in the regular season, taking five out of seven games. TSNs Game Notes: * Madison Bumgarner has pitched 16 straight scoreless innings in the postseason, 4th-most in franchise history. In his last start a€“ a win over the Pirates in the NL Wild Card game, Bumgarner became just the third pitcher in postseason history to throw a shutout with double-digit strikeouts in a winner-take-all game (Justin Verlander, Sandy Koufax). * The Giants are heading home with their ace on the mound, but hes been a much better pitcher on the road this season. Madison Bumgarner This Season a€“ Including Postseason Home Road W-L 7-6 12-4 ERA 4.03 2.07 WHIP 1.24 0.95 Opp BA .260 .218 K/BB 4.2 6.4 * The Nationals are trying to stay alive to win a postseason series for the first time since the 1981 Montreal Expos beat the Phillies in the NLDS. * Washingtons Doug Fister finished the regular season strong, going 4-0 with a 1.26 ERA over his last 4 starts. All Pink Air Jordan 12 Retro . Louis Cardinals continued their offensive tear with a 9-5 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the opener of a four-game series. 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She held a 5-2 lead in the second set, only to let Riske tie it at five.ARLINGTON, Texas - Two questions are at the heart of Andrew Lucks first game against the Dallas Cowboys in the Indianapolis quarterbacks visit to his home state.Will NFL rushing leader DeMarco Murray play with the Cowboys needing to win at least one, if not both, of their final two games to end a four-year playoff drought?And what exactly are Luck and the Colts playing for Sunday with their post-season spot secure, but not a great chance to improve their seeding?First things first: Murray, who has 1,687 yards rushing and needs 87 to break NFL rushing leader Emmitt Smiths franchise record of 1,773.The fourth-year running back went through some individual drills in the first day of practice Wednesday after breaking the bone above the ring finger in his left hand in last weeks 38-27 win at Philadelphia.The victory gave Dallas sole possession of first place in the NFC East. He had protective padding on the hand.Really what we want to do is just see how he responded to that work that he did today and then see how he is as the week progresses, and hopefully he can be functional for the ballgame, coach Jason Garrett said. If he cant be, we wont allow him to play, and if he can, well give him a chance.As big as the win against the Eagles was, it wont mean much if the Cowboys (10-4) lose either to the Colts or Washington in the finale and Philadelphia beats the New York Giants and Redskins, also-rans in the division. In that scenario, Dallas is thrown into a wild-card mix with generally unfavourable tiebreakers.We try not to think of it in those terms, Tony Romo said. We just think of it as one game at a time, playing for everything each week. And weve done it two weeks in a row, weve got a third one to go do, and after that one, well start over again.The Colts (10-4) wrapped up the AFC South with last weeks 17-10 win over Houston and need help trying to catch either New England or Denver for a first-round bye in the playoffs. But Indianapolis isnt taking kindly to the word tuneup.Were not taking our foot off the pedal by any means, said Luck, who plays in his hometown of Houston every year. Theres a lot on this game. I know were fired up for it.Things to consider in the first meeting between these teams since 2010, when Romoo was out with a broken collarbone but the Cowboys beat Peyton Manning anyway:WHAT ABOUT HILTON? Perhaps the biggest decision for the Colts with their post-season spot secure is whether to play T.ddddddddddddY. Hilton, who is fourth in the NFL with 1,345 yards receiving. Hes nursing a hamstring injury and didnt practice Wednesday. I want to be at 100 per cent giving it my all, but nobodys 100 per cent during this time of year, Hilton said. So if Im 60, 70, Im out there.MURRAYS BLOCKERS: The Cowboys could be without both starters on the right side of their offensive line in tackle Doug Free and rookie guard Zack Martin, who grew up in Indianapolis. Both are battling ankle injuries, and Free also has an issue with his left foot after missing three games earlier this season with a broken right foot.LUCKS MIND GAMES? A story came out this week describing how Luck sometimes compliments opposing players after getting sacked. Dallas defensive end Jeremy Mincey said he experienced it as an AFC South rival in Jacksonville. He kind of got to me by saying, That was excellent, said Mincey, who had two sacks last weekend against the Eagles. Im like, Dude, dont talk to me. Please. But I respect him so much.DEZ ON A ROLL: Dallas receiver Dez Bryant had a career-high three touchdowns against Philadelphia to take over the NFL lead in TDs receiving at 13. He needs 235 yards in the final two games to beat his career high of 1,382 yards receiving in 2012. Hes a nightmare, Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. Hes a combination of size, athleticism and speed. But his competitive nature and his drive and his passion for the game and for his team and for winning is second to none.HOME SOUR HOME: The Cowboys are 7-0 on the road and could go 8-0 for the first time in franchise history with a victory at last-place Washington in next weeks regular-season finale. On the flip side, theyre at risk of a losing record at home if they cant beat the Colts. Im just really not sure what the difference is at home and away, centre Travis Frederick said. I would love to know so that we could fix it. 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