Ryan Howard has been part of Philadelphia Phillies teams that have gotten off to slow starts and wound up playing in the World Series, so he's not about to fret over beginning 2013 in less-than-ideal fashion.
Though Philadelphia's bats have begun to come around, the Miami Marlins are still trying to find their stroke.
The Phillies look to continue their hot hitting as they visit the sputtering Marlins to begin a three-game set Friday night.
Howard started 4 for 27 with 10 strikeouts as Philadelphia dropped five of its first seven, but he homered in an 8-3 win Tuesday and went 2 for 4 in a 7-3 victory Wednesday as the Phillies took two straight from the New York Mets.
Philadelphia (4-5) also struggled to start the 2008 and '09 seasons when it won back-to-back NL championships, including a World Series title in '08.
"It's not about how you start, it's about how you finish," Howard told the team's official website. "I'd rather have a slow start and finish up strong and be in the p...