Howard gets test, plays third straight day

Howard gets test, plays third straight day

PHILADELPHIA -- Ryan Howard found himself in the starting lineup Sunday.

That is noteworthy only because it was the first time Howard had played three consecutive games in three consecutive days since returning from the disabled list July 6 following a left Achilles injury.

Carlos Ruiz got Sunday off. He had started every game since June 28. Erik Kratz started in his place.