Worth noting

• Stuck in an 0-for-19 rut and still bothered by an achy left knee, left fielder Matt Holliday was out of the Cardinals' lineup on Sunday. Prior to sitting, Holliday had started 119 of the team's 122 games this season.

"I think they're interrelated," manager Mike Matheny said of Holliday's knee troubles and results. "He's trying to grind for us because we need everyone to grind for us right now. He's feeling it. You can tell by some of his movements."

• Triple-A Memphis is riding a six-game winning streak after a 2-1 victory over El Paso on Saturday. Boone Whiting started the game for the Redbirds and scattered three hits and two walks over four scoreless innings. He struck out four. Pete Kozma and Scott Moore drove home Memphis' runs with sacrifice flies.

• Prior to Sunday's game, the Cardinals honored former manager Tony La Russa, who was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame three weeks ago. La Russa, wearing his red jacket, threw out a ceremonial first pitch to his managerial successor, Matheny.

• The Reds have announced their rotation plans for their upcoming visit to St. Louis and will start Mike Leake (9-11, 3.59 ERA) on Monday, Alfredo Simon (12-8, 3.28 ERA) on Tuesday and Johnny Cueto (15-6, 2.06 ERA) on Wednesday.

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.