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Rafael Furcal Scores On Leadoff Single In First Cardinals Start

Rafael Furcal, acquired by the St. Louis Cardinals from the Los Angeles DOdgers at the MLB trade deadline, picked up his first hit in a Cardinals uniform Monday night, scoring moments later on a Matt Holliday home run. Furcal, whose base hit against Zack Greinke briefly brough his batting average over the Mendoza Line, drew a walk to reach base again in the Cardinals' series-opening loss against the first-place Brewers, who, having started Yuniesky Betancourt all year, were also connected to the shortstop at the deadline.

Furcal, who hit .300 in 97 games a year ago but was hitting just .197/.272/.248 on July 31, was acquired by the Cardinals in exchange for minor league outfielder Alex Castellanos, who went 0-4 with three strikeouts and a walk in his debut with the AA Southern League's Chattanooga Lookouts. Castellanos hit .319/.379/.562 with the Springfield Cardinals in 2011, a year after hitting .270/.339/.462 with the high-A Palm Beach Cardinals, and is best described as a less-toolsy version of Terry Evans, the enticing but ultimately expendable outfielder the Cardinals traded to get Jeff Weaver in 2006.