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• Manager Mike Matheny said the Cardinals will keep their five-man rotation as is, rather than using Thursday's off-day to switch spots around. If the Cardinals, who currently hold the second National League Wild Card spot, clinch a postseason berth before the final day of the season, they would then likely make some rotation alterations to set themselves up for the playoffs.

• Matt Holliday started again on Tuesday, even though the back tightness that plagued him in Chicago has not entirely gone away. Holliday went 1-for-5 with three strikeouts on Monday.

"He was chasing balls out of the zone," Matheny said. "That's what you saw more than anything else. There were a couple balls left up that he took some very, very healthy swings at. You really couldn't tell by the mechanics of the swing [that his back was hurting] as much as you could tell by the pitch selection. When he starts leaving the zone that much, you just anticipate that something might be bothering him."

• Houston native Woody Williams made a visit to the Cardinals' clubhouse on Tuesday. He spent time talking with former teammates Chris Carpenter and Lance Berkman, among others. Williams pitched in St. Louis for parts of four seasons. He closed his career in 2007 with the Astros.

• The Cardinals' nine-game winning streak over the Astros matches the longest in franchise history. St. Louis also won nine in a row over the Astros from July 9, 1971-April 29, 1972.

• Manager Mike Matheny said the Cardinals will keep their five-man rotation as is, rather than using Thursday's off-day to switch spots around. If the Cardinals, who currently hold the second National League Wild Card spot, clinch a postseason berth before the final day of the season, they would then likely make some rotation alterations to set themselves up for the playoffs.

• Matt Holliday started again on Tuesday, even though the back tightness that plagued him in Chicago has not entirely gone away. Holliday went 1-for-5 with three strikeouts on Monday.

"He was chasing balls out of the zone," Matheny said. "That's what you saw more than anything else. There were a couple balls left up that he took some very, very healthy swings at. You really couldn't tell by the mechanics of the swing [that his back was hurting] as much as you could tell by the pitch selection. When he starts leaving the zone that much, you just anticipate that something might be bothering him."

• Houston native Woody Williams made a visit to the Cardinals' clubhouse on Tuesday. He spent time talking with former teammates Chris Carpenter and Lance Berkman, among others. Williams pitched in St. Louis for parts of four seasons. He closed his career in 2007 with the Astros.

• The Cardinals' nine-game winning streak over the Astros matches the longest in franchise history. St. Louis also won nine in a row over the Astros from July 9, 1971-April 29, 1972.