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VIERA, Fla. (AP) - After coming within a strike of reaching the NL championship series, the Washington Nationals can't wait to start building on last year's success.

The Nationals went a big league-best 98-64, won the NL East and earned Washington's first postseason appearance since the original Senators in 1933. Now they'll try to earn the first consecutive playoff berths in the history of the Montreal Expos/Nationals franchise, which started play in 1969.

Reliever Drew Storen the Nationals are confident they can be successful.

Washington led game 5 of its NL division series 6-0 before St. Louis rallied with four runs in the ninth against Storen for a 9-7 victory.

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