Howard Goes Yard

Ryan Howard hit a two-run home run to center field in the top of the first inning tonight against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.

It's the first homer of his career against the Pirates, the only team he had played against but hadn't homered against. Charlie Manuel had benched Howard the last two games, although Howard went 0 for 3 with three strikeouts in pinch-hit and substitution situations.

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