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Ryan Howard benched after going 0-for-7 with five strikeouts and an ejection yesterday

Aug 25, 2010, 4:38 PM EDT

Ryan Howard went 0-for-7 with five strikeouts last night before being ejected by third base umpire and instigator Scott Barry, and manager Charlie Manuel has benched him for tonight’s game.
Toss in Howard’s pronounced platoon splits and sitting him versus left-hander J.A. Happ was probably pretty close to a no-brainer for Manuel. The right-handed hitting Mike Sweeney is starting in his place.
Howard is no doubt facing a fine and possibly a suspension, although obviously neither would impact his availability tonight. Oh, and it’ll be interesting to see what type of reaction Barry gets from the Philadelphia crowd. And by “interesting” I mean “fun to hear that much booing directed at one person who deserves it.”

  1. geoknows - Aug 25, 2010 at 5:00 PM

    I don’t think it would be a good idea for he and Scott Barry to be on the same field today anyway.

  2. Utley's hair - Aug 25, 2010 at 5:18 PM

    Maybe Scott Barry will be tased.

  3. Jess_Ball - Aug 26, 2010 at 1:55 AM

    Watch out… Barry sports a Titanium Mask. The signal from the Tase may deflect back toward the source. I like to make fun of the Mask, and I don’t know why.

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