ST. LOUIS -- Earlier this week Matt Holliday -- a three-time participant in the Home Run Derby -- was asked if he had any advice for teammate Carlos Beltran, who will be competing for the first time in the State Farm Home Run Derby on Monday night on ESPN at 7 CT at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.
Holliday's tip was simple: "Hit more than anybody else."
"That's how you have to approach it," Beltran said on Saturday. "But at the same time, it's hard. Being able to stand there by yourself and try to hit homers, it's not an easy thing. Sometimes you have to go out there and try to see the ball and try to make hard contact. After that, you don't know what's going to happen."
Beltran is second in the National League with 20 homers this season entering Saturday, and on June 15, he stole a base to become the first switch-hitter in Major League history to hit 300 homers and steal 300 bases. He will be returning to Kansas City, where he spent the first six years of his Major League career and part of his seventh.
Beltran said he hasn't decided who will throw to him during the Derby, and he doesn't have anybody in mind, either. He also doesn't know whether he'll hit right-handed or left-handed.
"I just can't, because you never know," Beltran said of picking who will pitch to him. "Right now, I'm going to go out there and take batting practice with the coaches I feel comfortable with and go with that guy."
Beltran is an All-Star for the seventh time, and has sat off to the side watching other players test their strength in Derbies for years. While he would of course like to win, Beltran isn't stressing out much over the competition.
"This is something where I just go to have fun and enjoy it," he said.
Cards to stick with same rotation order after break
ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals will not make any changes to their starting rotation after the All-Star break, opting to stick with their regular order for the second half.
"Went through all the numbers, went through all the scenarios, and it just made a whole lot more sense to stick with it as it is," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Saturday afternoon.
While right-hander Lance Lynn, selected to his first All-Star team this season, may throw an inning in the Midsummer Classic on Tuesday, Matheny didn't think that was too much work for Lynn to change his amount of rest. Matheny equated Lynn's potential workload on Tuesday to a bullpen session, and Lynn will still get three days of rest before his next start.
Adam Wainwright will start the first game after the break on Friday in Cincinnati. Lynn will start next Saturday and Jake Westbrook will take the hill in the series finale next Sunday.
Considering how well Saturday starter, Kyle Lohse, has been pitching lately, Matheny said he'd given thought to getting Lohse an extra start after the break. Lohse is 3-1 with a 1.91 ERA in his last six starts.
But ultimately it was best for everybody to keep the rotation as is.
"I think they've all been throwing pretty good, too, so you've got to be careful about that," Matheny said.
Lance Berkman ran the bases and took batting practice on Saturday. Matheny said Berkman is hoping to begin a Minor League rehab stint the weekend after the All-Star break. When or where Berkman could depart to is yet to be determined, and he will participate in a team workout on Thursday -- the last day of the break. Berkman has been on the disabled list since May 20, missing 44 games after having surgery on his right knee.
Shortstop Rafael Furcal, who exited Friday's game in the ninth inning with a bothersome right shin, started and batted leadoff on Saturday. Furcal legged out an RBI infield single to cut Miami's lead to 3-2 in the ninth. He represented the tying run at first and had Tyler Greene pinch-run for him after talking it over with Matheny.
"I just said, Hey listen, if you're doubting at all, we have the chance to bring in Tyler. Raf goes, 'Yeah, go ahead,'" Matheny said. "He realized there was too much at stake with the value of that run."
Matheny said the soreness is something Furcal has been dealing with for a while now, and seems to bother Furcal when he's slowing down from a sprint. Matheny said while the injury has been painful for Furcal, MRI exams have shown the veteran is not at risk for making the situation worse while playing.
"They've kept a close eye on it," Matheny said. "He seems to bounce back from it. He's a little sore today, but good enough to go. We'll continue to keep an eye on it."
Matheny said catcher Bryan Anderson, who was recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Friday in light of Yadier Molina's placement on the bereavement list, could possibly start on Sunday. Anderson has the most experience catching Sunday starter Joe Kelly, who started 12 games in Triple-A this season before making his Major League debut on June 10.
Mike Still is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.