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Ryan Howard | First Baseman

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (35) / 11/19/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 250
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: SMS
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Ryan Howard slugged a three-run homer Saturday in the Phillies' defeat of the Cubs.
Howard went deep to left-center off Cubs starter Jake Arrieta after an Odubel Herrera two-out double and a Maikel Franco two-out walk. The veteran first baseman has tallied 17 home runs and 51 RBI in 89 games this season despite a .223 batting average and .269 OBP. Jul 25 - 7:03 PM

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Ryan Howard hit his 16th home run of the season in Sunday's win over the Marlins.

Howard finished 1-for-3 on the afternoon. He drilled a solo shot to right field off of Dan Haren, the first run in a five-run second inning. The first baseman has a six-game hitting streak and has knocked in a run in five consecutive games, but still has a mediocre .227/.273/.448 batting line along with 48 RBI. There's still a chance an AL team takes a chance on him in a trade, but his numbers don't stack up well to other first basemen and designated hitters.
Jul 19 - 5:10 PM

Ryan Howard went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI singles and a strikeout in Sunday's loss to the Giants.

Howard drove in the only two runs the Phillies managed in the game. Outside of a .280/.311/.550 May that had people briefly wondering whether the former All-Star might have more in the tank than expected, Howard's struggled this season. He does have 15 homers and 45 RBI, but he's doing that on a slog of an overall slash-line at .226/.270/.444.
Jul 12 - 6:58 PM

Ryan Howard is not in the Phillies starting lineup on Friday.

It's a good day to get the veteran slugger a rest, as the Phillies square off against tough opposing southpaw Madison Bumgarner. Look for Howard to be back in there on Saturday. Darin Ruf will start in his place and bat fifth for the Phillies on Friday.
Jul 10 - 7:30 PM

Ryan Howard went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Monday's loss to the Dodgers.

Howard lifted a three-run home run off of Eric Surkamp in the third inning to give the Phillies a 5-3 lead, but it didn't hold. It's his first home run since June 19. Howard has shown occasional power throughout the year but hasn't been useful otherwise, carrying a .218/.265/.435 triple-slash line with 14 home runs and 41 RBI.
Jul 7 - 2:34 AM

Ryan Howard went 0-for-4, but knocked in the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning on Sunday against the Braves.

The two clubs were knotted in a scoreless tie heading into the 10th inning, but the Phillies rallied to load the bases with no outs for Howard, facing lefty reliever Dana Eveland. Howard lifted a sacrifice fly to right field to bring in the first of four 10th-inning runs. Since his last home run on June 19, Howard has hit the skids, batting .135 (7-for-52) in his last 14 games. He's hitting .217/.262/.427 with 13 home runs and 38 RBI on the year.
Jul 5 - 4:51 PM

Ryan Howard is not in the Phillies starting lineup on Saturday.

It's nothing more than a day of rest against tough southpaw Gio Gonzalez. Maikel Franco is getting the start at first base while Andres Blanco covers the hot corner. Look for Howard to return on Sunday.
Jun 27 - 12:26 PM

Ryan Howard socked a three-run homer Friday against the Cardinals.

Howard hit just .151 with one home run in 20 games from May 25-June 17, but he now has home runs in back-to-back games. The veteran slugger is still striking out nearly 30 percent of the time and is drawing walks less often than ever before, so his value is strictly derived from his power. He has scored 23 runs in 63 games this season, with 13 of those coming on his own home runs.
Jun 19 - 11:19 PM

Ryan Howard went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run in Thursday's win over the Orioles.

Howard cranked his two-run shot off of Orioles starter Bud Norris in the sixth inning. It was just his second homer of the month. After a strong May (.280/.311/.550 in 100 at-bats), the former All-Star has found June to be significantly less glamorous and entered the game hitting just .180/.226/.320 over 50 at-bats for the month. Howard's likely to continue to hit hot/cold for the remainder of the season, though it's realistic to expect the chilly side to show up more often than not.
Jun 18 - 3:44 PM

Ryan Howard struck out twice, going 0-for-3 as the Phillies dropped Monday's series opener to the Orioles.

Howard is batting a meager .185 (5-for-27) over his last eight ballgames. A surge in May brought his numbers way above expectations, but they've been in freefall lately. The first baseman is hitting .233/.272/.460 with 11 home runs and 28 RBI.
Jun 15 - 9:51 PM

Ryan Howard is not in the Phillies starting lineup on Saturday.

Howard broke out of a slump with two hits and a homer on Friday, but he'll take a seat against tough southpaw Madison Bumgarner. Darin Ruf will start in his place at bat cleanup for the Phillies.
Jun 6 - 11:53 AM

Ryan Howard went 0-for-4 on Thursday and is in a 2-for-32 slump over his past eight games.

Howard's OPS is down more than 100 points since he peaked at .268/.314/.550 on May 23. He also has just nine walks all year, compared to 54 strikeouts.
Jun 4 - 9:56 PM

Ryan Howard had an RBI double in Saturday's loss to the Rockies.

His first-inning double gave the Phillies an early lead, but the Rockies quickly answered in the second and didn't look back. Howard, who finished the day 1-for-4, was 0-for-12 over his last three games coming into Saturday's action. While he has slowed down a bit this week, the veteran first baseman has had a very impressive month.
May 30 - 6:32 PM

Ryan Howard is not in the Phillies' lineup Sunday.

He's on the bench with the Nationals throwing southpaw Gio Gonzalez. Darin Ruf is at first base in Howard's place.
May 24 - 12:22 PM

Ryan Howard launched his 10th home run of the season Saturday in the Phillies' 8-1 rout of the Nationals.

He singled in the second, hit an RBI double in the third, and then slugged a ball 410 feet over the center-field fence in the fifth as the Phillies stunned Stephen Strasburg at Nationals Park. Howard's sudden resurgence at age 35 is one of the more intriguing storylines of the first half. He has an .865 OPS through 41 games.
May 23 - 6:51 PM

Depth Charts

C1Carlos Ruiz
2Cameron Rupp
1B1Ryan Howard
2Darin Ruf
2B1Cesar Hernandez
2Chase Utley
3Andres Blanco
SS1Freddy Galvis
3B1Maikel Franco
LF1Cody Asche
CF1Odubel Herrera
RF1Domonic Brown
2Jeff Francoeur
Starting Pitcher
S1Aaron Harang
2Jerome Williams
3Aaron Nola
4Matt Harrison
5Adam Morgan
6David Buchanan
7Cliff Lee
8Jonathan Pettibone
9Chad Billingsley
Relief Pitcher
R1Ken Giles
2Justin De Fratus
3Luis Garcia
4Jeanmar Gomez
5Mario Hollands
6Elvis Araujo
7Hector Neris
8Dalier Hinojosa