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Cycle Watch: Ryan Howard

Howard has a single, double and home run in his first three at-bats tonight in Houston.

It's the top of the fifth inning at Minute Maid Park and Ryan Howard only needs a triple for the cycle.

Yeah, only.

Howard has just four triples in his career, so the odds are stacked against him. But he hit a leadoff single to right field in the second inning, doubled to left field to score a run in the third and crushed a solo home run to left in the fifth. Howard is hitting .209 at the moment. He hasn't had a higher average since he was hitting .211 on April 17. It's also Howard's first back-to-back multi-hit games since Aug. 25-28 last season, when he had more than one hit in four consecutive games.