Worth noting

Worth noting

• Juan Pierre, who started in left field on Sunday, tied Maury Wills for 19th place all-time stolen-base leaders list. Pierre, who leads the Phillies with 32 swipes, is baseball's active leader in the category with 586.

• Placido Polanco was out of the lineup again on Sunday. Still bothered by lower back inflammation, the veteran third baseman has started just two games -- on Monday and Wednesday against the Reds -- since he was activated from the disabled list on Monday.

• Nate Schierholtz (broken toe) began his rehab assignment on Sunday, playing right field and batting third for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He went 0-for-4. On Saturday, Schierholtz said his understanding was that the assignment would last through Friday and he would return to the Phillies on Sept. 1, when rosters expand. The IronPigs play at home Sunday through Friday, with a day off on Tuesday.

• Ryan Howard was hitting .350 (14-40) over his last 10 games entering Sunday. In that span, he'd hit four doubles, one home run and driven in seven runs.

• Sunday's series finale against the Nationals ends a stretch of 17 games in 17 days for the Phillies, who have an off-day on Monday before starting a three-game home series against the Mets.

• In the series against the Mets that begins Tuesday, the Phillies will not have to face knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (16-4, 2.76 ERA). Instead, they'll face right-handers Chris Young (3-7, 4.33) and Matt Harvey (2-3, 2.75), and left-hander Jon Niese (10-7, 3.51). Niese is 2-0 with a 2.55 ERA in four starts against Philadelphia this season.