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MLB notes: Hamilton's slam costs company $500,000

This is a 2011 photo of Matt Holliday of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team.  This image reflects the St. Louis Cardinals' active roster as of Feb. 24, 2011, when this image was taken in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
This is a 2011 photo of Matt Holliday of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team.  This image reflects the St. Louis Cardinals' active roster as of Feb. 24, 2011, when this image was taken in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) ASSOCIATED PRESS

A Dallas carpet company has had trouble with its Web site much of the day, thanks to Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton.

The Rangers beat Cleveland on Wednesday night, helped by Hamilton's grand slam. It just so happened that CC Carpet was offering free flooring and countertops to customers in September if the Rangers outfielder hit a grand slam.

Hamilton did his part and the company has to pay up. Not long after the hit, the company's Web site crashed and it's been spotty Thursday.

CC Carpet president Steve Fitzgerald says the promotion will cost his company about $500,000 but it's covered by insurance.

When he came up to bat Wednesday, Hamilton knew what was at stake — for the Rangers and a lot of flooring and countertop customers.

"Yeah, the situation doesn't come up all that often, so when it does, you can't help but think about it," Hamilton said. "I'm in the business of giving back. I like to help people as much as I can."

Holliday injured in on-deck circle

Cardinals cleanup hitter Matt Holliday will miss four or five days with an injured right hand, hurt while taking practice swings in the on-deck circle. General Manager John Mozeliak says Holliday has an inflamed tendon in the middle finger. Holliday, batting .295 with 22 home runs and 74 RBI, will be re-evaluated early next week.

The Cardinals are 4½ games behind Atlanta for the National League wild card and begin a four-game series Friday night at NL East-champion Philadelphia.

Sandoval hits for cycle

Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval hit for the cycle against the Rockies on Thursday night. Sandoval hit a two-run homer in the first inning, singled in the second and doubled in the fifth. In the sixth, he hit a fly ball to the base of the wall in right-center field and beat the throw to third for the triple to complete the first cycle of his career. Sandoval is the 25th Giants player to hit for the cycle and the first to do it since Fred Lewis on May 13, 2007, also at Coors Field.

Short hops

■ Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo was back in the Indians' lineup Thursday night after being activated from the disabled list. Choo had been on the 15-day disabled list since Sept. 1 with a strained left oblique.

Luke Hochevar is the third Royals starter to be shut down in September. Manager Ned Yost said Thursday that Hochevar — who has thrown a career-high 198 innings, 90 more than last season when he missed 2½ months with an elbow injury — would not pitch again this year for "his protection and his health." Hochevar finished 11-11 with a 4.88 ERA.

■ From the "Eww" department: Manager Jim Leyland said he hasn't changed his underwear during the Tigers' 12-game winning streak. That's not the worst part. He hasn't washed them, either. "I'm superstitious," he said before Thursday night's game against the Athletics. "I told Schmakel (Jim Schmakel, the Tigers' clubhouse manager) that if somebody threw them out, that would be the end," Leyland said.

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