6/28/2013 11:50 P.M. ET
Angels to wear Musial patch at Pujols' behest
By Jenifer Langosch / MLB.com
OAKLAND -- The Angels, at the urging of former Cardinals player Albert Pujols, will be honoring the late Stan Musial by wearing a No. 6 patch on their batting-practice jerseys during a three-game series against St. Louis next week. Musial died in January at the age of 92.
The patch will be identical to the one the Cardinals are wearing on their uniforms for the entire 2013 season. The Angels are not able to wear the patch on their game jerseys because players and uniformed staff already have one with the initials of Dr. Lewis Yocum, the organization's longtime orthopedist who died in May after battling cancer.
Other clubs have recognized Musial's legacy and life this season with a video tribute and/or moment of silence, but the Angels will be the first to wear a patch in his honor.
Pujols, who signed with the Angels after the 2011 season, formed a close friendship with Musial during his 11 seasons with the Cardinals. His respect for Musial was enough for him to ask to stop being referred to as "El Hombre," Spanish for "The Man," which was Musial's nickname. Pujols attended Musial's funeral in St. Louis during the offseason.
Holliday reflects on short stint with A's
OAKLAND -- Matt Holliday's career can be split mostly in two halves. He spent five seasons with the Rockies, making his debut in 2004 and highlighting his time in Colorado with three straight All-Star appearances. Holliday is now treading through his fifth season in St. Louis, a destination he landed in as the result of a Trade Deadline deal in 2009.
Sandwiched in between, however, is a 93-game stay with the A's, a team that acquired Holliday in a November 2008 trade only to flip Holliday to St. Louis the following July. On Friday, Holliday stepped foot in the O.co Coliseum for the first time since being dealt away by Oakland.
Asked what memories stand out about his short stint with the A's, Holliday said: "I think the people stand out. I really enjoyed getting to know the coaches and front office. … I enjoyed my time with all of them. They are great people and teammates."
Those former teammates, though, are just about all gone. The only player still with Oakland who played alongside Holliday in '09 is reliever Jerry Blevins.
Holliday, who was booed by many of the 24,208 in attendance on Friday night, hit .286 with 11 homers and 54 RBIs with the A's. He went on to hit 13 homers and drive in 55 in 63 games with the Cardinals after the trade.
"I think I learned a lot in those four months about myself," Holliday said. "It was a bit of a transitional year for me. There were times when it wasn't all that great, but there were a lot of lessons to be learned."
Oquendo inducted into Hispanic Heritage Hall
OAKLAND -- An intimate induction ceremony was staged in the visitors' dugout at the O.co Coliseum on Friday afternoon to recognize Jose Oquendo's enshrinement into the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame.
Oquendo, one of five members of the 2013 Hall class, was presented with a plaque that detailed his accomplishments during his 12-year playing career and subsequent coaching tenure with the Cardinals. Oquendo, 49, becomes the 57th member of the Hall and the 10th from Puerto Rico.
"It's a great honor and great company to be in," Oquendo said.
The Hall was founded in 1999 by Gabriel "Tito" Avila Jr., who was on hand Friday to make the presentation. The Museum is located in San Francisco and includes Roberto Clemente, Orlando Cepeda, Juan Marichal and Tony La Russa as past inductees.
"Today is a very important day because we're honoring a great man, a man who has given a lot to the game, not only as a player, but also as a coach and involved in the community in St. Louis," Avila said. "The Hall of Fame committee selected Jose unanimously as a person to be honored with a lot of respect and recognition.
• Top prospect Oscar Taveras was recently put back on the Triple-A disabled list after aggravating a right ankle injury that sidelined him for four weeks this season. The Cardinals have not projected how long Taveras will be out, nor are they speculating as to whether Taveras will be able to participate in the upcoming SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on July 14.
• The Cardinals removed reliever Fernando Salas from the 15-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Memphis, where Salas has been for his Minor League rehab assignment. Since beginning that rehab stint, Salas has made five scoreless appearances. He pitched two innings Thursday, and the Cardinals have expressed an interest in having Salas continue to stretch out so that he can be used as a long reliever this season.
• Memphis first baseman Brock Peterson capped a three-hit game Thursday by sending Memphis to a walk-off win with a 10th-inning, two-run homer. The blast was Peterson's 19th of the season, which leads the Pacific Coast League.
• For the third straight game, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny dropped Matt Holliday from the three-hole to the fifth spot in the order. Matheny did not say how long Holliday may bat lower in the order, though the move was in response to Holliday's dip in production. He entered Friday batting .267 with a .349 on-base percentage and slugging percentage of .437. Holliday has 40 RBIs and 11 homers through the team's first 78 games.
• All-Star Game voting by players and coaches began on Friday and will continue through the weekend. All-Star Game participants are chosen through a combination of fan voting, player/coach voting and manager selection.
• A day after hosting his annual golf tournament to benefit the Animal Rescue Foundation, former Cardinals and A's manager Tony La Russa attended Friday's game at O.co Coliseum. A handful of Cardinals players and coaches participated in La Russa's golf event on their off-day on Thursday. La Russa resides in the Oakland area.
• On Friday, the Cardinals agreed to terms with 33rd-round Draft pick Nicholas Frey, a right-hander who recently underwent Tommy John surgery. Because of the lengthy recovery time, Frey will not make his debut in the Minors until next season.
• The Cardinals have announced plans for four theme nights at Busch Stadium later this season. Those themes include Nelly Night (Aug. 6), Star Wars Night (Aug. 7) and two Hunting and Fishing Nights (July 23, Sept. 11). For more details on the promotions and events highlighting each of the evenings, visit cardinals.com/theme.
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.