Found July 07, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
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After his first night back in the major leagues after suffering a ruptured left Achilles tendon in last year's National League playoffs, Ryan Howard looked out at the bevy of reporters that surrounded him. He was eventually asked about how much of the load he could shoulder for a Philadelphia Phillies team on the brink of collapse. "Nothing more than this bookbag on my back," Howard replied. Howard's first game back produced decent results as the slugger went 2-for-4 with a double. However, the Phillies lost 5-0 to the Atlanta Braves, extending their losing skid to eight out of their last nine games and falling 11 games under .500 for the first time since June 6, 2002. "Felt good," Howard said. "The outcome didn't go the way we wanted to. But the rhythm of getting back out on the field and the ambience with the fans -- it felt good to be back." For the Phillies, the trick now is to see how Howard will be used. He is expected to see...
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