Fielder: I'm not competing with Howard for RBIs

The Brewers may be out of the pennant race, but the chase for baseball’s RBI crown is providing a compelling substitute.

The Brewers’ Prince Fielder and the Phillies’ Ryan Howard continued to jockey for position on Friday, when Howard drove in three runs but Fielder contributed four, three of them on a towering home run in the fifth inning that highlighted the Brewers’ 8-4 win at Miller Park.

“It seems like every time they get an opportunity to knock in a run, they do it. Both of them,” Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun said. “As a baseball fan, you can appreciate how good those guys are at what they do, which is driving in runs. It’s a lot of fun to watch them go head-to-head this time of year.”

Fielder has 136 RBIs with eight games left, and Howard had 135 RBIs with nine games remaining. The Cardinals’ Albert Pujols is next on the list with 129 RBIs, followed by the Yankees’ Mark Texeira at 118. 

“I’m not trying to compete with [Howard],” Fielder said. “I’m just trying to help my team win and really just compete with myself. Keep playing hard and keep producing and see what happens.”

That outlook didn’t surprise Fielder’s manager.

“I would think that as well as Prince has done, he would like to finish it. But I don’t know if that’s what’s driving him,” Ken Macha said. “He got jammed on one play [in the third inning] and ran 100 mph to first. The guy is just playing hard, and I’ve been saying all along that he gives up no at-bats. That’s why he’s in the position he is in.” 

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