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NL GAME OF THE DAY

Matt Holliday makes splashy debut with Cardinals

Traded by A's earlier in day, he gets from New York to Philadelphia in time for Friday's game, then bats cleanup and has four hits in St. Louis' 8-1 win over Phillies.

July 25, 2009|Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — Matt Holliday wanted to join his new team quickly, so he hopped a train. The three-time All-Star, traded to St. Louis by Oakland on Friday, was in New York with the A's when he learned of the deal. To avoid traffic, he chose a train to Philadelphia over a car ride down congested I-95.

He got to Citizens Bank Park in time for the game, then had an immediate effect, batting cleanup and going four for five in the Cardinals' 8-1 win over the Phillies in a battle of division leaders.

"I'm extremely excited to be back in the National League, to be back in a pennant race," Holliday said.

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