Red Sox' closer Koji Uehara shuts down Tigers in ALCS Game 5, tops players for Thursday, Oct. 17

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Red Sox closer Koji Uehara shut down the Tigers for 1 2/3 innings in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series and is Thursday's Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Uehara struck out two and allowed no hits or runs, earning the save, as the Red Sox beat the Tigers 4-3 to take a three-games-to-two lead in the best-of-seven ALCS. Game 6 is in Boston Saturday. 

Uehara had 6.0 Box-Toppers points during the regular season, ranking 149th overall. 

 Coming Friday: The National League Championship Series resumes Friday in St. Louis. Here is the pitching match-up:

NLCS Game 6, Cardinals lead Dodgers 3-2

Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw, 21.7 Box-Toppers points, ranked first overall (see the Top 10 Player Ranking list on the home page)

Cardinals: Michael Wacha, 3.0 Box-Toppers points, ranked 361st overall

This is a rematch of Game 2 of the series, won by the Cardinals, 1-0. Wacha was Player of the Game

In regular season games, 2.0 Box-Toppers points are awarded for Player of the Day, 1.7 for top player in the opposite league, 1.5 for top batter in each league and 1.0 for the top player in each of the other games. However, no Box-Toppers points are awarded during the postseason. 

Top player from each game

Listed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score

MLB3.2Red Sox  000000  Koji Uehara (S, 4)1.200002