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Matt Holliday back in Cardinals’ starting lineup this afternoon

St Louis Cardinals v Milwaukee Brewers

MILWAUKEE, WI - AUGUST 01: Matt Holliday #7 of the St. Louis Cardinals is congratulated by Jose Oquendo #11after hitting a home run against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on August 1, 2011 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Brewers defeated the Cardinals 6-2. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

Scott Boehm

The Cardinals’ playoff chances are quickly fading, but Matt Holliday is back in the starting lineup this afternoon against the Cubs.

However, while Holliday has primarily batted fourth this season, he’ll bat fifth today against right-hander Rodrigo Lopez. Lance Berkman, who is batting .389 this month and holds an 11-game hitting streak, will stay in the cleanup spot.

Holliday hasn’t played since last Tuesday due to inflammation in his right middle finger. He took full batting practice before last night’s game and was available to pinch-hit.

Holliday, 31, is batting .295/.388/.528 with 22 home runs, 74 RBI and a .915 OPS over 503 plate appearances this season.