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"I've always liked to hit in the first inning," Holliday said. "With Albert there I know there's a good chance I'll get to do that every game."
Leaving Oakland for a contender spurred Holliday, too, but he pointed out he was starting to heat up before coming to St. Louis. He'd been 8 for 16 the four games before the trade, including a monster game going 4-for-5 with two homers and six RBIs against the Twins on July 20.
He ended up hitting .412 that month with a .487 on-base percentage.
"I was starting to actually hit really well in Oakland, I kind of found my swing," Holliday said. "I think it just so happened that it was about the time I was really getting in a good groove."
The only negative in his first two months with St. Louis was the botched defensive play in Game 2 of the playoffs. Holliday reiterated Monday that he simply lost a sinking liner that would have been the final out in the lights, evening the series, and said the miscue did not invade his thoughts in the offseason.
"It wasn't like I lost it because I couldn't catch it, because I'm not good enough to catch it," Holliday said. "Obviously, it was bad timing but it wasn't because of lack of effort or lack of skill.
"I had it easy and all of a sudden you can't see it and you get caught in trying to just smother it so it doesn't get by you. The lights, it was the lights."
Shortstops Julio Lugo and Brendan Ryan, who's rehabbing from arthroscopic wrist surgery, reported to camp Monday. Lugo had been unaware of Ryan's operation and the possibility he might not be ready on opening day.
"I didn't know Ryan had surgery. I just want to get ready," Lugo said. "There is always competition."
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