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6 Ryan Howard 1B
Height/Weight: 6-4/250 | Birthdate: 11/19/1979 | Birthplace: St. Louis, MO | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Philadelphia | College: Southwest Missouri State | MLB Experience: 11 | Salary: $20,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 82/57 | Average Draft Position: 202.12
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Ryan Howard clubs number 15


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard belted his 15th home run Thursday against the Brewers.

Howard waited until the ninth inning to unleash his power. With one man on, Howard belted an 88 mph fastball out to center for the two-run shot. Howard previously clubbed a double earlier in the game. He finished 2 for 5, with two runs scored and three RBI. 


Hitters to start in Week 13


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/22/2014) Looking for a sleeper for Fantasy Week 13 (June 23-29)? Wilin Rosario, Ryan Howard, Tommy La Stella, Pablo Sandoval, Eugenio Suarez and Marlon Byrd might just fit the bill.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Ryan Howard stays hot with three-hit afternoon


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2014) First baseman Ryan Howard was one of five Phillies to slam three hits in a Wednesday win in Atlanta, but was just one of two to both score and drive in runs.

Howard doubled and singled twice. His double drove in a run in the second and one of his singles did the same in the fifth. He did end a two-game homer mini-binge, but he has five hits in 13 at-bats in his last three games.


Ryan Howard clubs 13th home run Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2014) Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard went 1 for 3 with two walks and a two-run home run in his team's 5-2 win over the Braves Tuesday.

Howard put the Phillies on the board right away, slugging his home run in the first inning and giving his team a lead it would not relinquish. After hitting home runs in consecutive games, Howard has hit .231/.308/.420 with 13 home runs and 45 RBI in 255 at-bats.


Ryan Howard comes through early and late


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2014) Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard hit his 12th homer in the second inning and drove in the go-ahead run in the 13th inning of Monday's 6-1 win over the Braves. Howard launched a 412-foot solo shot to center and finished 1 for 5 with a walk, two RBI, and two runs scored.

Howard is hitting .230/.302/.409 with 43 RBI in 230 at-bats.


Ryan Howard launches 10th home run Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2014) Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard went 2 for 6 with a three-run home run in his team's 5-4 loss to the Mets Saturday.

Howard knocked his home run in the seventh inning to reduce his team's deficit from four to one. It was his third home run and third multi-hit performance in the past week, giving him a .230/.304/.425 line with 10 home runs and 37 RBI in 200 at-bats.


Ryan Howard launches walkoff home run vs. Rockies


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard went 2 for 4 with a walkoff, three-run home run in his team's 6-3 win over the Rockies Wednesday.

Howard collected four RBI in all, with one coming on a third-inning single. He saved his biggest shot for last, smashing a three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth right after a Chase Utley single evened the game at 3-3. Howard has two home runs as well as two multi-hit efforts in his last three games, helping him boost his line to .240/.319/.437 with nine home runs and 34 RBI in 183 at-bats.


Ryan Howard could fade from mixed-league relevance


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/28/2014) If you own Ryan Howard in Fantasy, you're probably fed up with him by now. Yeah, he homered Monday, but with three in all of May, he's well off pace for the 30 you were hoping for.

And the finishing blow may have come Tuesday, when Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg not only started Darin Ruf in place of Howard against a left-hander but suggested it could become a permanent arrangement.

Yeah, sitting against lefties might redeem Howard's batting average somewhat. He's batting .212 against them this year and .224 for his career. But for the amount he'd sit, what he'd lose in the way of totals would effectively ruin his already fringy mixed-league appeal.

The platooon isn't a done deal yet, but with Ruf homering Tuesday, it's likely enough for you to consider dropping Howard, especially if a more promising Kendrys Morales or Jon Singelton type is still available on waivers.


First-base platoon a 'possibility' for Phillies


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2014) Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg hinted Tuesday he could move to a Ryan Howard and Darin Ruf platoon at first base, per the Philadelphia Daily News

"If it works. If it produces, then it becomes a possibility going forward," Sandberg said.


Ryan Howard goes deep, plates five runs in win over Rockies


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2014) Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard came up big at the plate, leading his team to a comfortable 9-0 victory over the Rockies.

Howard singled in a run in the fourth and took starter Jhoulys Chacin deep for a three-run home run in the sixth inning. He also added a two-run single in the seventh for his third hit of the day. He finished 3 for 4 with two runs scored and five RBI. He is hitting .236 with eight homers and 30 RBI in 178 at-bats.

Ryan Howard hits homer late in blowout


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2014) Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard had just one hit Thursday against the Blue Jays, but he made it count.

Howard slugged a two-run home run late in the 12-6 loss, his seventh of the season. He was just 1 for 5 otherwise, with a pair of strikeouts, as he dropped his batting average to .236.

Howard is hitting .236/.301/.455 in 123 at-bats, with seven home run and 20 RBI in 32 games.  


Ryan Howard not content with early results


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2014) Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard entered Sunday's game against the Nationals on pace to produce 34 home runs and 98 RBI. He hasn't approached those numbers since 2011.

Despite the promising start from the veteran first baseman, Howard feels he still has room to improve.

"It's still a work in progress," he said, per MLB.com. "I'm trying to progress every day and just try to get a little more comfortable."


Ryan Howard smacks three-run home run Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2014) Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard was just 1 for 4 Saturday, but he delivered a three-run home run in the first inning of his team's 7-2 win over the Nationals.

Howard gave the team all the offense it would need in the eventual win before coming up empty in his next three at-bats, which included two strikeouts. He has hit .255/.328/.481 with six home runs and 17 RBI in 106 at-bats.


Ryan Howard revival may be legit


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/22/2014) Don't look now, but the Phillies' Ryan Howard may just be a Fantasy asset again.

Think back to the beginning of last year. He was finally recovered from the Achilles surgery that ruined his 2012 and was coming off a spring training in which he hit .322 with seven home runs in 87 at-bats. Expectations were rising. Believers were coming out of the woodwork. Most everybody, if only in the deepest recesses of their hearts, held out hope for a rebound.

It didn't happen, of course, which is how we wound up where we are now. But if you think back really hard, you might remember his 2013 actually lived up to the hype at first. He hit .282 with six home runs in his first 117 at-bats, putting him on pace for a 30-35 home runs over a full season.

His troubles began on May 19, when he sat for the first time with "chronic knee soreness." It persisted over the next couple months, causing his numbers to plummet. Only in July did the Phillies discover he had a torn meniscus, ending his season.

So now, here he is in full health for the first time since 2011, when he hit 33 home runs with 116 RBI, doing all the things we said he couldn't do anymore. I don't know about you, but when I review the history, I'm thinking we may have written him off too soon.


Ryan Howard smacks fifth home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2014) Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard went 2 for 5 with a home run and two RBI in his team's 7-0 win over the Dodgers Monday.

Howard has put together impressive performances in back-to-back games, combining to go 6 for 10 with one triple, two home runs and five RBI between his last two games. He has hit .271/.363/.543 with five home runs and 12 RBI in 70 at-bats.


Ryan Howard just misses out on cycle vs. Rockies


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2014) Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard finished a double shy of a cycle Sunday afternoon against the Rockies at Coors Field.

Howard actually made it to second base on a seventh-inning single that got past outfielder Brandon Barnes. He also took starter Juan Nicasio deep for a two-run home run in the third inning. He finished 4 for 5 with three runs scored and three RBI in a 10-9 victory. He is hitting .262 with four homers and 10 RBI in 65 at-bats.


Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz out for Thursday game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) A matchup against tough Braves left-hander Alex Wood has Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard sitting Thursday. Catcher Carlos Ruiz is merely getting the day off after a Wednesday night game.

Howard is just 3 for 17 against southpaws this season. Ruiz has hit safely in five of his last six games, but owns a disappointing average of .233 and slugging percentage of .326 on the year.


Ryan Howard flashing improved batting eye


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2014) Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard went 1 for 2 with two walks and two runs in Friday's 6-3 win over the Marlins.

Normally a strikeout machine, Howard has drawn four walks without striking out once over his last two games. The last time the first baseman posted consecutive multiwalk games came all the way back in September 2011. He has hit .216/.356/.351 with one home run, four RBI and a 13:8 K:BB ratio in 37 at-bats.


Ryan Howard goes yard Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2014) Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard hit his first home run of the season Wednesday.

After striking out against Robbie Ross in the first, Howard was able to take a slider out to center field in the top of the third. Howard struggled in the game otherwise, striking out and lining into a double-play in his final at-bat. Still, it was encouraging to see Howard take a left-hander deep.


Ryan Howard bats fifth vs. LHP


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2014) Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg made some changes to his lineup Tuesday against the Rangers with left-handed starter Martin Perez on the hill, which included moving slugger Ryan Howard to the fifth spot in the lineup. It's the first time he hasn't hit cleanup since June 29, 2008, per MLB.com.

Howard has hit .276 with a .625 slugging percentage, .980 OPS, 11 doubles, 26 home runs and 65 RBI in 70 career games batting fifth.


Ryan Howard smacks first spring home run Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2014) Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard went 1 for 4 and hit his first home run of spring training ni Friday's 6-5 loss to the Pirates.

Howard entered the game just 6 for 30 with two doubles, three walks and 13 strikeouts, and while he did send his first ball over the outfield fence, he also struck out two more times. He has had trouble staying on the field the last two seasons.


Ryan Howard working on hitting to opposite field


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2014) Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is working on hitting to the opposite field, and thus far the results have been positive.

Entering Tuesday's spring game against the Braves, Howard has put the ball in play 13 times this spring. Nine times he hit to left or center field, per MLB.com. Only four times -- 30.8 percent -- has he pulled the baseball. Last year, according to Baseball-Reference.com, he pulled the baseball 40.3 percent of the time.

"I've never been a pull hitter. But my biggest problem was trying to pull the ball. Now I'm trying to work back to what my strength is," Howard said. "I'm trying to work the middle of the field. That's the goal. It's all about timing. It's all about rhythm."

It seems getting back to what Howard did best in the past could help him revive his career.

"He's much better when he uses the whole field," a longtime NL scout said. "When he came up, he was very good at going the other way. And it's really what made him into a top-flight player. Then he got very pull-happy. First, it makes him much easier to defend. And, secondly, it's affected his mindset. So he's getting back to his roots, basically. When he first came up, that's what he did a lot. He's getting back to that, which is good for him, and obviously good for the team."


Ryan Howard has success against lefties in intrasquad game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2014) Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard's struggles against left-handed pitchers has been well-chronicled. However, during an intrasquad game Tuesday, he proved he had no problems hitting left-handed pitching.

Howard singled off top pitching prospect Jesse Biddle in his first at-bat and then homered off Cesar Jimenez in his second at-bat.

"He's approached me about seeing left-handed pitching," manager Ryne Sandberg said, per the Philadelphia Inquirer. "If he makes the left-handers throw strikes, in my opinion he can hit balls in the strike zone."

Howard fared pretty well against lefties during spring training last year, batting .400 with three doubles and three home runs in 30 at-bats. However, he struggled during the regular season, batting .173 with three doubles and three home runs in 87 plate appearances against lefties.


Ryan Howard proclaims lofty ambitions for 2014


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/15/2014) Some have given up on Ryan Howard. Ryan Howard is certainly not one of them.

In fact, the Phillies first baseman is predicting a renaissance year. He not only stated that he wants to play in all 162 games, but said he could perform well against left-handers and slug 58 home runs, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.

That would be some mean feat for Howard, who lost the second half of last season to knee surgery and peaked at 58 homers in 2006. The 10-year veteran batted .266 with 11 home runs and 43 RBI in 286 at-bats in 2013, but just .173 against southpaws.


Phillies say it's time for Ryan Howard 'to play and produce'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/28/2014) The Phillies are "optimistic" about first baseman Ryan Howard's status heading into 2014, according to manager Ryne Sandberg. However, the team still has some concerns, particularly how Howard will perform against left-handed pitching, according to The Philadelphia Daily News.

Howard is a career .295 batter against right-handed pitchers, as opposed to a .224 batter against lefties. He's hit just .173 against lefties the last two seasons.

"He's going to get the opportunity to hit against lefties," Sandberg said. "That's in spring training . . . to get better at that. That's the first thing that takes place."

Still, unlike his predecessor -- Charlie Manuel -- who kept Howard in the lineup regularly, Sandberg alluded to benching Howard against lefties, if he doesn't improve.

"Not if we have a righthanded hitter that can go over there and hit. That's not a concern. 'Cause I can maybe do something about it," Sandberg said.

Yet, the Phillies are hoping it doesn't come to a platoon and remain confident Howard will be productive in 2014 after two straight disappointing seasons.

"I think he's going to be on the field and healthy and he's going to provide solid offense for us," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "And I know if he's on the field, that's what he's doing, and we'll win games because he is on the field. He's 100 percent. There's nothing medically wrong with him. His knee's fine. His calf's fine. It's time for him to play and produce."