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Ryan Howard | First Baseman

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (34) / 11/19/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 250
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: SMS
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Ryan Howard is not in Thursday's lineup against the Padres.
Howard is sitting against another lefty, this time with Robbie Erlin on the hill for San Diego. Darin Ruf will start at first base. Sep 18 - 5:30 PM

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Ryan Howard is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Padres.

He'll take a seat with left-hander Eric Stults on the hill for Philadelphia. Darin Ruf will start at first base.
Sep 17 - 6:30 PM

Ryan Howard is not in the Phillies lineup for Saturday's contest against the Marlins.

Maikel Franco will get the call in his place and bat second against opposing hurler Brad Hand. Look for Howard to be back in his customary clean-up spot on Sunday.
Sep 13 - 2:51 PM

Ryan Howard is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Nationals.

He'll take a seat against left-hander Gio Gonzalez. Darin Ruf will start at first base.
Aug 26 - 2:42 PM

Ryan Howard finished 3-for-5 with three RBI in the Phillies' loss to the Giants on Saturday.

Howard hit an RBI single in the top of the third inning, a two-run single in the top of the fifth, and then doubled in the top of the sixth. His surprisingly-productive August rolls on, but the 34-year-old first baseman still owns a rough .221/.301/.375 overall slash line.
Aug 16 - 7:51 PM

Ryan Howard's only hit on Thursday was a big one, as his eighth-inning grand slam gave the Phillies the lead and the win against the Astros.

Howard had been mired in a slump, but Astros pitching has been medicine for his bat as he drove in multiple runs in all three games of the Phillies' sweep. He took lefty reliever Tony Sipp out to left-center with the bases loaded to give the Phillies a 6-5 lead. Shockingly, Howard has hit left-handed pitching significantly better than right-handed pitching this season. Overall, he's slashing .220/.301/.383 with 18 home runs and 71 RBI.
Aug 7 - 10:00 PM

Ryan Howard knocked in both of the Phillies' runs, hitting a solo home run in the second and delivering a walk-off RBI single in the 15th against the Astros on Tuesday.

Howard, who entered the game in a 1-for-25 funk dating back to July 28, was the extent of the Phillies' offense on Tuesday. The Phillies managed just nine hits (eight of which were singles), four walks, and two hit batters. Howard still owns a disappointing .215/.298/.372 slash line with 17 home runs and 65 RBI.
Aug 6 - 12:18 AM

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said Tuesday that he's no longer considering platooning Ryan Howard at first base.

Howard was benched for three straight games from July 23-25, but he's started nine of 10 games since then and was in the lineup versus a lefty Tuesday. He entered play Tuesday just 1-for-25 over his last seven games, but the Phils are determined to let Howard hit his way out of the slump. "I'm trying to give him an opportunity to get right and to get at-bats and get hot and get going," Sandberg said. "He continues to make adjustments and look for a comfort zone at home plate and so that's what we need out of the lineup."
Aug 5 - 8:03 PM

Making the start against a left-hander, Ryan Howard launched a two-run homer and drew a walk in Sunday's win over the Diamondbacks.

Howard's blast off of Vidal Nuno in the first inning got the scoring going for the Phillies, and he eventually came around to score in the sixth after drawing a walk. The first baseman has gone 3-for-8 with a couple walks over the last two days after being benched for three straight contests.
Jul 27 - 4:29 PM

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro has denied speculation that the team has considered releasing Ryan Howard.

"That is not something we are contemplating," Amaro said. "I don’t know where that’s coming from." While the Phillies might not be considering releasing Howard, there's no doubt that they're trying to trade him. The first baseman is now in a platoon situation and is still owed $60 million after this season. Howard has batted just .236/.306/.418 over the last three seasons.
Source: CSN Philly
Jul 25 - 11:17 AM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Phillies are "working hard to find a suitor for Ryan Howard."

Howard has hit just .236/.306/.418 over the last three seasons and is still owed $70 million, but Heyman says the Phillies "would be willing to eat much or most" of the contract. Heyman adds that a trade of Howard would "presumably" be to an American League team looking for a designated hitter. Two general managers told Heyman that they believe Howard could be worth around $5 million per year in such a role. Howard has a no-trade clause that allows him to block a deal to 20 teams.
Jul 24 - 6:09 PM

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said Wednesday that first base will be a "day-to-day thing" going forward.

It's a nice way of saying Ryan Howard has lost his grip on the starting first base job. Howard and Darin Ruf will platoon based on matchups and who is swinging the hotter bat, and it appears Sandberg is resolute in his willingness to see what Ruf can do over the next two months. CSN Philly's Jim Salisbury reports the Phillies have considered the possibility of releasing Howard if he can't be moved in a trade. The Phillies owe Howard, who is hitting .224/.305/.377, $60 million guaranteed over the next three years.
Source: CSN Philly
Jul 23 - 7:36 PM

Ryan Howard had two of the Phillies' 14 singles and two RBI in a loss to the Giants on Monday.

None of the Phillies' hits went for extra bases. It was the first time since July 5, 1996 that they had collected as many as 14 hits with all of them being singles. Howard was in a 1-for-18 slump before his two-hit game tonight.
Jul 21 - 11:03 PM

Ryan Howard had a two-run single, a walk, and a run scored Friday against the Braves.

It was a broken bat bloop single, but it looks like a line drive in the box score. Howard has 15 home runs and 58 RBI through 94 games, but he has done so with a lousy .221/.302/.381 batting line.
Jul 18 - 11:29 PM

Ryan Howard had an RBI double and a two-run homer Thursday against the Brewers.

Both hits came off left-handed relievers. The homer came off the league's worst pitcher in Rule 5 pick Wei-Chung Wang, a guy who really should be in A-ball at the moment, but the double was off an excellent southpaw in Will Smith. Howard entered the day with no homers and just two RBI in his previous 20 games.
Jul 10 - 5:41 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Carlos Ruiz
2Wil Nieves
3Cameron Rupp
1B1Ryan Howard
2Darin Ruf
2B1Chase Utley
2Andres Blanco
3Freddy Galvis
SS1Jimmy Rollins
3B1Cody Asche
2Maikel Franco
3Cesar Hernandez
LF1Domonic Brown
2Grady Sizemore
CF1Ben Revere
2Tony Gwynn Jr.
RF1Marlon Byrd
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Cole Hamels
2A.J. Burnett
3Kyle Kendrick
4David Buchanan
5Jerome Williams
6Cliff Lee
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jonathan Papelbon
2Mike Adams
3Antonio Bastardo
4Jake Diekman
5Ken Giles
6Mario Hollands
7Justin De Fratus
8Cesar Jimenez
9Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez
10Luis Garcia
11Sean O'Sullivan