Found September 20, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
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Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard has been uncharacteristically sullen and sour in September, a month in which he used to make a habit out of destroying National League pitchers. But entering his fourth at-bat of the night on Wednesday, Howard was hitting .172 this month and hadn't had a home run in 17 games. His first two months since returning from a lengthy rehab from left Achilles' surgery hadn't been that great, either. And Howard was letting it eat him up mentally. "I'm a competitor," Howard said. "I know I'm better than what shows, and it gets frustrating at times and sometimes you try to do more than what you're capable of doing. I'll be the first to tell you, yeah, I've probably gone out there and done that a few times. I tried to tone it back a little bit today." With the Phillies down to their last out and in danger of falling five games back in the wild card race with 13 games remaining, Howard breat...
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