20 was the magic number for the White Sox. That’s how many runs they scored last night against the Cardinals. That’s how many games over .500 they now sit.

The Sox had 24 hits, 20 runs, 0 errors and 4 homers (including 2 by Joe Crede). Crede had a big night, with four hits in five at bats and three runs scored. And his team won by 14 runs. Good for him. Good for them.

Then there’s the Philadelphia Phillies, who played the Yankees last night and were led by Ryan Howard’s 7 RBIs. That’s right, SEVEN. Of course, Howard plays for the pitching -starved Phillies, so his big night was eventually squandered by Arthur Rhodes and the Phils bullpen.

Howard, like Crede, also hit two homers. One of them traveled 461 feet and was the first ball to ever hit off the third deck in right field at Citizen’s Bank Park.

Howard is now hitting .298 with 25 homers, 66 RBIs, and an OBP of .365. He would be a legit MVP candidate if he didn’t play for the Phillies, who are now 9.5 games behind the Mets in the NL East. But he does play for the Phillies. So he’s screwed.

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