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The Return of Ryan Howard

Ryan Howard coming around after a slow start.

The Return of Ryan Howard

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

Ryan Howard's comeback is now 44 games in, and he has shown improvement over the last few weeks.

For instance, he has a .282 batting average, a .538 slugging percentage and 20 RBI in his last 20 games. Those are vastly better than the numbers he put up over his first 24 games of 2012:

  G      Avg.     OBA  Slg.    HR    RBI      R     TB    SO 
 July 6 to Aug. 6    24  .198  .293    .370  10  30  33 
 Aug. 7 to Aug. 28      20   .282  .345    .538  20  10 42  32 
Bob Vetrone Jr.
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

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