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Philly's big man has his groove back

Originally Published: October 26, 2008
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

OK, sure, Joe Blanton and his home run are the fun story, the one that gets teammates laughing.

"Not to say that pitchers aren't athletes, but we're not supposed to do things like that," reliever Scott Eyre said. "It didn't look like he even knew what to do at first."

But when Philadelphia fans finish joking about Joe the Slugger they will turn to a far more important hitter in the Phillies' lineup and his far more significant home runs Sunday night.

Ryan Howard is back ...

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