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Matt Holliday expected back soon, will be full-time player

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Randal Grichuk and Matt Adams are both back on the Cardinals’ active roster after disabled list stints, but they’re limited to pinch-hitting duties for the most part. Matt Holliday won’t have that kind of restriction.

Cardinals GM John Mozeliak told Jim Hayes of FOX Sports Midwest on Sunday that Holliday could return during the team’s upcoming three-game series in Milwaukee and “he’ll be ready to play everyday” when he is officially activated.

Holliday tore his right quad on June 8 and then tore it again in late July.

He’s batting .290/.409/.420 with four homers and 31 RBI in 63 games played this season.

Mike Napoli making first career start in outfield


It’s been difficult for the Rangers to find consistent offensive production from left field this season, so they’ll try something a little crazy on Sunday afternoon in Arlington.

Mike Napoli, a 33-year-old catcher turned first baseman, is getting his first-ever start in the outfield as the Rangers wrap up a three-game weekend series with the A’s. He’ll start in left and bat fifth versus A’s left-hander Felix Doubront.

This is not only Napoli’s first start in the outfield as a major leaguer — it’s his first start in the outfield at any level of professional ball.

The veteran is batting .279/.354/.512 with three home runs in 20 games since returning to Texas.

Anibal Sanchez, Daniel Norris to return Wednesday in piggyback start


Injured starters Anibal Sanchez and Daniel Norris are on very similar recovery timetables, so the out-of-contention Tigers have decided to just go ahead and bring them back together.

Chris Iott of MLive.com says Sanchez will start Wednesday night in Minnesota and Norris will come on in long relief in that same game. They’re each expected to throw around 45-50 pitches.

Sanchez and Norris have both been on the disabled list since August 20 — Sanchez with a shoulder injury and Norris with a strained right oblique.

The two of them can be penciled into Detroit’s starting rotation for 2016. Sanchez is still owed $38.6 million and Norris is a 22-year-old who isn’t even arbitration eligible.