Ryan Howard 1B PHI 5 hours ago

Howard is not in the lineup Sunday against the Nationals, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Howard has made six straight starts at first base, but will take a seat with left-hander Gio Gonzalez on the mound for the opposing Nationals. Howard is 0-for-12 lifetime with six strikeouts against Gonzalez, so the move makes sense from a matchup standpoint. Darin Ruf will take over at first base for the afternoon contest.

Ryan Howard 1B PHI 22 hours ago

Howard was a triple short of the cycle Saturday, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored, two RBI and his 10th home run of the season.

It's his third home run in four games, as Howard has come to life in May and currently sports his highest SLG since 2009. There's no telling when the streaky first baseman might cool down again, but for the moment he appears to have turned the clock back a few years.

Ryan Howard 1B PHI 4 days ago

Howard went 3-for-5 with two runs, a home run and an RBI in a win over the Rockies on Wednesday.

Howard is hitting .328 (21-for-64) with four homers and 10 RBIs in May. He hit his eighth homer of the season to lead off the third, and he also hit a double in the seventh to finish a triple shy of the cycle.

Ryan Howard 1B PHI 1 week ago

Howard is out of the lineup Sunday against the Diamondbacks, Stephen Gross of the Philadelphia Morning Call reports.

Howard has made seven straight starts at first base, but will sit in favor of Darin Ruf for the afternoon contest. Even with a right-hander on the hill for the opposing Diamondbacks, the 35-year-old Howard was likely due for a maintenance day, despite collecting six base hits in his last three games.

Ryan Howard 1B PHI 2 weeks ago

Howard is back in the lineup Sunday against the Mets.

Howard received the day off Saturday with left-hander Jon Niese on the mound, but is back in the cleanup spot Sunday afternoon. He's 3-for-14 lifetime (with two homers) against Sunday's starter, Bartolo Colon.

Ryan Howard 1B PHI 2 weeks ago

Howard is not in the lineup Saturday against the Mets.

Howard will sit out against the left-handed Jon Niese on Saturday. Darin Ruf will make the start at first base in place of Howard, who is hitting .222 against lefties this season.

Ryan Howard 1B PHI 2 weeks ago

Howard was 2-for-3 with a walk, a home run, and two RBI against the Mets on Friday night.

The two hits lifted his average to an improving .234 and he now has six homers to go with 15 RBI on the season. He's yet another veteran the Phillies would like to deal, and he is perhaps beginning to hit enough that potential trading partners might become more interested.

Ryan Howard 1B PHI 3 weeks ago

Howard is out of the lineup Monday against the Braves, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.

Howard will sit Monday with the left-handed Alex Wood on the mound for the Braves. He's batting just .193/.410/.247 this season, but continues to start on a daily basis. However, Darin Ruf will start in his place Monday, batting fourth.

Ryan Howard 1B PHI 3 weeks ago

Howard will reach 10 years of major league service time Saturday, CSN Philadelphia reports.

Howard will gain "10 and 5 rights" which gives him the ability to veto any trade. It has the potential to further complicate the Phillies' efforts to trade the former MVP. Howard is hitting .187/.247/.400 with four home runs this season.

Ryan Howard 1B PHI 3 weeks ago

Howard is back in the cleanup spot Thursday, the Philadelphia Daily News' Ryan Lawrence reports.

He had recently been dropped in the order, but after hitting three homers in his last five games, Howard apparently did enough to reclaim his typical spot in the four hole.