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Ruf vs. Ryan

Here's how Darin Ruf and Ryan Howard's 37-homer seasons for Reading compare.

Ruf vs. Ryan

(Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
(Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

Darin Ruf launched his 37th home run for the Reading Phillies Tuesday (left), tying a club record set by Ryan Howard in 2004. But keep in mind that Howard was promoted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on July 30 and he cranked another nine homers in 29 games with the Red Barons.

Ruf, who Monday broke Greg Luzinski's Reading record for total bases (the Bull had 287 in 1970), is four homers shy of the Eastern League home run mark of 41.

Here are how Ruf's numbers through Tuesday compare with Howard's 2004 Reading totals: 

      Darin Ruf      Ryan Howard 
 Season 2012  2004 
 Age 25/26  24 
 Games 133   102 
 Batting Avg. .317   .297 
    H-AB 148-467   111-374 
 On-Base Pct. .408   .386 
    Walks 63   46 
    Strikeout 96   129 
 Slugging Pct. .625   .647 
    Doubles 31   18 
    Triples  1 
    Home Runs 37   37 
    Home Run/AB      .0792   .0989 
    Total Bases 292   242 
 Runs 91   73 
 RBI 98   102 
Bob Vetrone Jr.
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