Howard Released From Hospital

Howard released from hospital for second time

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Alex Matthews

Ryan Howard was released from the hospital Sunday but did not play for the Philadelphia Phillies against Baltimore, ending his consecutive games streak at 343.

Howard was hospitalized Saturday for the second time in two nights with flu symptoms. A Phillies spokesman said the slugger was released Sunday but did not know if he was at the ballpark for the Phillies' 2-1 loss to the Orioles.

The 2006 NL MVP had played 343 straight games since May 25, 2007, the longest active streak in the majors.

Howard also went to the hospital after Friday's game. He was not expected to play Saturday, but he returned to the ballpark and delivered a pinch-hit, three-run homer that put Philadelphia ahead in the seventh inning. The Orioles rallied for a 6-5 victory.

Matt Stairs replaced Howard in the cleanup spot Sunday and Greg Dobbs filled in at first base. Dobbs hit a solo home run in the second inning.

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