Tuesday, June 18, 2013

BASEBALL: Domonic Brown, Howard lift Phils over Nationals

PHILADELPHIA - His power pace at a career low, his knee and ankle still reminding him daily that he’s not completely healthy, Ryan Howard had nonetheless started to stir of late.

A home run had eluded him since May 29, and he’d only had seven of them all season. Yet Phils manager Charlie Manuel noted that during the club’s 3-7 road trip, Howard had stung a few pitches. It was just that he didn’t get under any of them.

Not to worry, Manuel said. He’d seen Howard get a few balls up in the air over the years.

Monday night, Manuel and the Phillies didn’t have to wait long to see it again. In Howard’s first at-bat, he crushed a high offering from Washington Nationals starter Dan Haren, kick-starting the Phillies to what would be a 5-4 victory, and hopefully for Howard starting something else.

The Phillies need to see him hit a lot more balls in the air.

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