KANSAS CITY -- Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is managing Matt Holliday for the long haul, and that's why Holliday served as the designated hitter on Friday night against the Royals.
After getting a full day off on Thursday in New York, Holliday needed only to swing the bat and not patrol the spacious Kauffman Stadium outfield for the I-70 Series opener. Matheny had Randal Grichuk taking Holliday's usual spot in left with Peter Bourjos in center and Jason Heyward in right.
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