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Holliday (flu) said Wednesday that he was feeling "much better, really good," MLB.com reports.

Further, Holliday said he's been able to use the time between the end of the regular season and the NLDS to get his body back to full strength. He came down with the illness last Thursday and his condition worsened in the days that followed, resulting in him sitting out the regular season finale. Now healthy, look for Holliday, who reached 20 homers for a ninth consecutive season, to be in left field and the three-hole in the batting order Friday.

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Holliday has continued to experience flu-like symptoms that have forced him to sit in the last few days, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold reports.

Holliday could have been feeling 100 percent and still have been scratched after the Pirates lost, but the four extra days of rest should help him. He figures to be healthy by the time the Cardinals reach Dodger Stadium on Friday.

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Holliday was a late scratch from Sunday's starting lineup.

Holliday was in the original starting lineup, but was scratched after the Cardinals clinched the NL Central division following Pittsburgh's loss to the Reds. Yadier Molina, Matt Carpenter, Jhonny Peralta and Jon Jay will take a seat as well.

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Holliday (illness) is back in the lineup Sunday at Arizona, FOX Sports Midwest reports.

Holliday was 0-for-3 in his flu game, but the Cardinals wouldn't risk their left-fielder's health in a pointless game if they didn't think he was healthy.

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Holliday left Saturday's game with flu-like symptoms, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports.

He was replaced in the outfield by Peter Bourjos, and should be considered questionable for Sunday's regular season finale.

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Holliday cranked out his 20th home run of the year, while going 2-for-5 and adding a double, two RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's loss to the Cubs.

Holliday has been scoring hot to end the season, as he is now 14-for-39 with three home runs, four doubles and six RBI in his last 10 games. He is putting a bow on another solid season, and he now owns a .276/.372/.447 slash line in 566 at-bats.

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Holliday hit his 19th home run (418 feet) of the season, as he went 2-for-3 with a run scored and one RBI facing the Reds on Friday night.

The home run was a first inning shot off Reds starter David Holmberg, which turned out to be the game-winning RBI in a close 2-1 victory. Holliday is closing in on the 90 RBI mark for the season, although he'll end up shy on expectations for runs and homers.

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Holliday (.269/.369/.429) launched his 17th homer of the season as he went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, a stolen base and three RBI against the Rockies on Friday.

The 439-foot blast was in the first inning off Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa and it really set the tone early for the Cardinals offense. Holliday's bat has been inconsistent at times this season but he still provides good production across the board for owners.

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Holliday (back) went 2-for-5 Monday against the Reds.

Holliday only missed one game due to a back issue and looks safe to deploy as usual going forward. He has been swinging a hot bat of late as he has recorded at least two hits in five of his last nine games.

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Holliday (back) is back in the lineup Monday, as expected, Fox Sports Midwest reports.

He will bat third and play left field, after stating that he could have played Sunday, so this is no surprise. Consider him healthy moving forward.