Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz, who was just six outs away from a no-hitter, is Sunday's Player of the Game. Buchholz gave up two hits, walked four and struck out 11 over eight innings in the 5-0 win over the Rays. Buchholz lost the no-hit bid with the Rays' Kelly Johnson's leadoff single in the eighth inning.
Braves pitcher Paul Maholm is National League Player of the Day. Maholm struck out seven over 7 2/3 innings and gave up no runs, four hits and one walk in the 9-0 win over the Nationals. It was the Braves' ninth straight win. Maholm, who earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for the day, becomes the season leader in points so far with 4.7.
Michael McKenry of the Pirates was National League Batter of the Day. McKenry homered twice and drove in three runs in the 10-7 win over the Reds.
No AL batter was named Player of the Game, so no bonus points were awarded Sunday for AL Batter of the Day.
Buchholz receives 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being named Player of the Day. Maholm receives 1.7 for NL Player of the Day. McKenry receives 1.5 points for NL Batter of the Day.
All of Sunday's other Players of the Game (listed in the chart below) receive one Box-Toppers point:
|MLB||13.0||Red Sox||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Clay Buchholz (W, 3-0)||8.0||2||0||0||4||11|
|11.0||White Sox||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Jake Peavy (W, 2-1)||7.0||5||1||1||0||11|
|NL||9.2||Braves||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Paul Maholm (W, 3-0)||7.2||4||0||0||1||7|
|9.0||Yankees||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Hiroki Kuroda (W, 2-1)||9.0||5||0||0||0||5|
|9.0||Rockies||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Jorge De La Rosa (W, 1-1)||6.0||2||0||0||2||7|
|6.0||Tigers||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Anibal Sanchez (W, 2-0)||7.0||3||1||1||4||8|
|4.1||Angels||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Ernesto Frieri (S, 2)||1.1||1||0||0||0||4|
|BAT||3.0||Pirates||Michael McKenry C||4||2||2||3||0||1||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2.1||`Mariners||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Stephen Pryor (H, 3)||1.1||0||0||0||1||2|
|2.0||Giants||Hunter Pence RF||4||2||3||1||1||1||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2.0||Phillies||Laynce Nix PH||1||1||1||1||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2.0||Royals||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Kelvin Herrera (W, 1-0)||1.0||0||0||0||0||1|
|1.1||Brewers||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Brandon Kintzler (W, 1-0)||1.1||0||0||0||1||1|