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Ryan Howard Goes Deep on Hudson Again

Ryan Howard has seven career home runs against Tim Hudson.

Ryan Howard Goes Deep on Hudson Again

(Tom Mihalek/AP Photo)
(Tom Mihalek/AP Photo)

Ryan Howard's fifth-inning home run Wednesday was the seventh of his career against righthander Tim Hudson, who is second among all pitchers in Howard's book. Only Chris Votstad has been touched by the Big Piece more often (eight homers).

Special mention to former major leaguer Braden Looper, who allowed five home runs to Ryan in just nine at-bats covering five games.

Here are Howard's career regular season numbers against pitchers off whom he has hit four or more career home runs:

 Pitcher H-AB     HR     SO       Avg.       OBA  Slg. 
 Chris Volstad 11  13-26  .500  .581     1.462 
 Tim Hudson 23  21-61  10  .344  .431  .738 
 Braden Looper 6-  9  .667  .769  2.333 
 Javier Vazquez 8-21  .381  .481  1.048 
 Johan Santana 8-25  .320  .370  .800 
 Tim Lincecum 10  7-29  12  .241  .313  .724 
 Livian Hernandez       15      12-38  10  .316  .400  .632 
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