½A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:
• Ryan Howard was named the National League Most Valuable Player on Monday. He's only the fourth sophomore to win either league's MVP award. The others were Stan Musial (1943), Vida Blue (1971), and Cal Ripken (1983). Fred Lynn (1975) and Ichiro Suzuki (2001) were the only rookie MVPs.
• Albert Pujols, who was the MVP runner-up, finished in the top five in the voting for the sixth ...