Howard whiffs on big stage

Ryan Howard's World Series can be summed up this way: Swing and miss.

Over and over, Howard has gone down swinging against the New York Yankees. Overall, the Philadelphia Phillies’ slugger has struck out 12 times in the first five games, tying Willie Wilson for most whiffs in a World Series. Wilson did it in six games with Kansas City against the Phillies in 1980.

Howard, the 2006 National League MVP, fanned 199 times in 2007 and 2008.

Though Howard usually mixes in a few towering homers, not against the Yankees. Howard is batting .158 (3-for-19) with no homers and one RBI in the Series.

“Ryan Howard is more than just a power hitter,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said Tuesday.

Maybe the six-day layoff after the NL Championship Series affected Howard, who had tied the major league record with at least one RBI in eight straight postseason games.

“I think we’ve made good pitches to him,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

Joba’s mom faces jail

The mother of New York Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain faces up to 20 years in prison when she’s sentenced next month on a felony drug charge.

Jackie Standley pleaded no contest Monday in Lincoln, Neb., to an amended charge of delivery of a controlled substance, according to court records. The 44-year-old Standley was arrested in May after selling a gram of methamphetamine to an undercover officer at her Lincoln residence. She’ll be sentenced Dec. 16.

Short hops

Former President George W. Bush threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 3 of the Japan Series between the Yomiuri Giants and Nippon Ham Fighters in Tokyo. … Tampa Bay traded second baseman Akinori Iwamura to Pittsburgh for right-handed reliever Jesse Chavez. … Toronto outfielder Vernon Wells will have surgery next week to repair damaged cartilage in his left wrist. … Washington hired former Chicago White Sox general manager Ron Schueler as special adviser to GM Mike Rizzo and promoted Bill Singer to director of professional scouting. … Minnesota removed third baseman Brian Buscher from its 40-man roster and assigned him to Triple-A Rochester.