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Holliday hopes to play Tuesday

It looks like a gametime decision for the Cardinals Tuesday as to whether Matt Holliday will be able to start against the Dodgers.

The red hot St. Louis slugger fouled a ball off his big toe Monday night and had to leave the game a few minutes later -- right after legging out a single. Holliday said he wants to play, but manager Tony La Russa said not so fast. The skipper wants to make sure Holliday is able to go at full speed before he commits to writing his name on the lineup card.

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Cardinals slugger Matt Holliday runs off the field Sunday during a rain delay against the Padres. AP photo.

Holliday is only a .278 career hitter in 18 career at bats against Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley. But three of his five hits are home runs. He also has six walks against the L.A. starter.

The Cardinals already have the odds stacked against them Tuesday with minor league call up Mitchell Boggs (1-1, 3.78) facing Billingsley (11-6, 3.73). So it would be nice if the offense wasn't weakened by Holliday having to sit it out.

He hasn't started a game in ages. But tonight could be the night for Cardinals shortstop turned third baseman Khalil Greene to get in there. According to the Birds' web site, Greene is 7-for-12 lifetime against Billingsley with four extra base hits.