No moves for Cards after 20-inning game
Molina starts after catching entire marathon vs. Mets
ST. LOUIS -- A day after their longest game in seven years, the Cardinals kept the status quo on Sunday, not only with their roster but with their lineup as well.
The Redbirds elected not to call up a relief pitcher from Triple-A Memphis despite asking their bullpen to pitch 10 innings in Saturday's loss to the Mets. Manager Tony La Russa said that circumstances didn't dictate a roster move.
"The fact is that our starters have been going deep enough," La Russa said. "A lot of these guys -- [Mitchell] Boggs has had a bunch of rest, there really hasn't been anybody that's worked too much."
St. Louis starters have pitched at least seven innings in each of the past five games and have pitched six or more innings in 10 of the team's 11 games on the season. So overall, bullpen strain is not a significant issue. It also helps that workhorse Adam Wainwright was Sunday's scheduled starter.
Meanwhile, catcher Yadier Molina started yet again, 21 hours after catching all 20 innings. Backup catcher Bryan Anderson is still on track to get a start in one of the Cards' upcoming games in Arizona, but Molina got the call once again in Sunday's series finale against New York. La Russa checked with Molina, who said he was good to go.
"I had a lineup with Anderson in there as well," La Russa said. "It really depended."
Holliday starts but still feels flu effects
ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday is getting better, but he's still not all the way back from a flu-like illness that has hindered him for nearly all of the past week.
"I guess you could call it the flu," Holliday said on Sunday. "I don't know. I had a fever, bad fever. I still have a bad throat. ... There for two days, it was bad. Fever, aches and pains, flu-type feeling. I don't know if it's all one virus or I'm lucky enough to have two different things going on at once."
So at least his dry humor is intact. Holliday sat out Friday's game and was pulled on Saturday in the 11th inning in a double switch. But he was back in the starting lineup on Sunday, and said he's a little better than he's been.
"I'm feeling better, body-wise, today," he said. "The last couple days have been all about conserving enough energy to try to get through the game."
Holliday looked somewhat surprised when he was removed from Saturday's game, but understood that it was a result of his illness.
"I never expect to come out of the game," he said. "It's been a challenge as far as energy goes. But I'm feeling better today, so we'll see."
ST. LOUIS -- Albert Pujols was presented with his 2009 Most Valuable Player and Silver Slugger awards prior to Sunday night's game. ... Brad Penny was scheduled to fly to Arizona ahead of his teammates in order to get a full rest before his Monday night start. ... Manager Tony La Russa said that Felipe Lopez had no complications with his throwing arm after pitching on Saturday night. Lopez pitched only one inning in that game because his arm began to feel "heavy," according to La Russa. ... Only Blake Hawksworth among Cardinals relievers was considered unavailable to pitch in Sunday's game. All seven relievers pitched a combined 10 innings on Saturday. ... Entering Sunday, Cardinals starting pitchers had gone five straight games with at least seven innings pitched and two or fewer earned runs allowed, the longest such streak for the team since 1993.
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.