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MLB: Cardinals Matt Holliday, Twins Hot Streak, Rays Johnny Damon

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Matt Holliday Wears Red Schoendienst Pants

 

Matt Holliday delivered one of the biggest hits of his St. Louis Cardinals career on Saturday night, hitting a two-run blast, traveling 422 feet in the bottom of the eighth inning, propelling the Cardinals to a much needed 5-4 win over the Royals. The win ended a seven game losing streak and as the Cardinals got back to six games over .500, they avoided what would have been their longest losing streak since 2007. They remained one game behind the Brewers in the National League Central division.

Holliday played the game wearing a pair of 50-year old trousers belonging to Cardinals Hall of Famer Red Schoendienst. Red was a fixture in the Cardinals lineup at second base from 1945-1955, officially retiring in a Cardinals uniform in 1963 and managed the Cardinals for 12 seasons, from 1965 through 1976, a span of time only eclipsed by current manager Tony LaRussa.

Holliday said he needed Schoendienst’s trousers, which he got from the club’s equipment manager before the game, because he decided at the last minute to participate in a little slump-busting activity. Several Cardinals wore their pants with the cuffs pulled up high to reveal their socks, in hopes of changing the luck that had seen them lose seven straight coming into the game. 

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“A couple of our little fellas were doing it, so I decided to join in,” Holliday said, taking a playful jab at infielders Skip Schumaker and Ryan Theriot.

“It was actually Red Schoendienst’s pants. I figured there were a few hits in Red’s pants.”

No word on whether Holliday wore Schoendienst underwear too.

Twins Pitching Leading Hot Streak

Minnesota is known for being cold, but as summer rolls in, there may be no city with a ballpark as hot. The Minnesota Twins have turned on a dime, going from the worst team in MLB to the hottest. On Saturday, Scott Baker tossed eight shutout innings, striking out 10 and allowing only four hits and Danny Valencia’s solo home run in the second inning proved enough to be the game-winner against the San Diego Padres. This was the Twins’ sixth straight win, their fifth straight series victory, and their 13th win out of their last 15 games.

Since June 2, Twins starters have posted a 1.73 ERA, giving up just 20 earned runs in 104 1/3 innings. Over the course of the Twins’ six-game winning streak, the starters have averaged eight innings with just five runs allowed in 48 innings for a 0.93 ERA. Delmon Young is back, Joe Mauer is back now too, and one by one this team is starting to come together as they now find themselves only eight games back.

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Johnny Damon Makes History

Rays DH Johnny Damon became the 11th player in baseball history to rack up 500 doubles, 100 triples, 200 homers and 2,500 hits in his career. Damon accomplished the feat during Saturday night’s contest against the Marlins after lofting a double down the left-field line.

“It’s awesome,” Damon said. “It means so much.” Damon also added a single during the 7-4 win, which pushed him into a tie with Jimmie Foxx for 72nd place on the career hits lists He finished 2 for 3 with three runs scored and a pair of walks.

Is Damon a Hall of Famer? We’ll take a look at Damon’s career this week as he continues to pile up numbers. At some point people are going to start talking about a possible Hall of Fame candidacy. We’ll break it down.

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