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52 pick-up: Howard hits three home runs vs. Braves

Updated: September 3, 2006, 8:28 PM ET
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PHILADELPHIA -- Ryan Howard homered in his first three at-bats Sunday against Atlanta's Tim Hudson, raising his major league-leading total to 52 and setting a record for second-year players.

Howard's 50th home run was a solo shot off Hudson in the second inning of Philadelphia's doubleheader opener, and he followed with a two-run drive in the third. His third homer was an opposite-field, solo shot to left in the sixth.

Each homer was greeted with a standing ovation and chants ...

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