Matt Holliday starts at 1B for Cardinals, moves to LF

Cardinals slugger Matt Holliday started at first base Sunday in St. Louis' season opener against the Pirates, marking the first time he has played the position in his 13-year career in the majors. But it didn't last long.

When Tommy Pham, who started in left, departed the game in the second inning with left oblique tightness, Holliday moved back to left field. Matt Adams took over at first base.

Holliday, 36, had exclusively played left field and balked at the idea of playing first base in previous seasons.

However, the seven-time All-Star saw extended playing time at first base in spring training, and Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has hinted that the right-handed Holliday could be St. Louis' regular first baseman against left-handed pitching.

Holliday was batting third in the lineup Sunday against Pirates left-hander Francisco Liriano.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.