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MLB roundup: Holliday returns to Cardinals' lineup

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St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday is back in the lineup after missing Game 6 of the National League Championship Series against the San Francisco Giants with a back injury.

Holliday will hit third in Monday's Game 7 in San Francisco.

Holliday is just 4-for-21 with no extra-base hits and no walks in the series and has hit just one home run in October.

The Giants tied the series 3-3 after beating the Cardinals 6-1 at AT&T Park on Sunday.

--Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said he was frustrated that news of former manager John Farrell taking the Boston Red Sox job was leaked to the media before it was official.

Reports came out Saturday that the Red Sox hired Farrell, but it was not approved by the Major League Baseball commissioner's office until Sunday.

"It probably didn't go as smoothly as we think it could have," Anthopolous said in the Boston Globe Sunday night. "That's just reality. ... The fact that this even leaked last night, this was not a done deal last night. It was not supposed to happen that way. It was supposed to happen collectively today."

--The Seattle Mariners announced Dave Hansen as their new hitting coach on Monday, the Seattle Times reported.

Hansen, who was fired as the Los Angeles Dodgers hitting coach, is a former Mariners infielder. He was the only coach on the Dodgers' Don Mattingly-led staff who was not kept.

Hansen, 43, replaces Chris Chambliss, who was let go at the end of the season.

The Mariners, who struggled offensively this year, finished 75-87.

--The Mets do not plan to tender an offer to right-hander Mike Pelfrey, but will try to re-sign him as a free agent, the New York Post reported. The team has not decided what it will do in terms of offering a contract to outfielder Andres Torres.

--The San Diego Padres announced Monday that the fences will be brought closer to home plate at Petco Park.

The right field wall will be brought in 11 feet. The distance to right-center from will be shortened from 402 feet to 391, and the distance to left-center will go from 402 feet to 390 feet.
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