Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija was Player of the Day for Monday's opening day. Samardzija pitched eight innings and struck out nine in Chicago's win over Pittsburgh and earned 2 Box-Toppers points. Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez was American League Player of the Day, leading Seattle to a 2-0 victory over Oakland, and receives 1.7 Box-Toppers points. Mets outfielder Collin Cowgill, who hit a grand slam homer and doubled in New York's 11-2 win over San Diego, was National League Batter of the Day, earning 1.5 Box-Toppers points. And Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who doubled, walked three times and scored two runs in Boston's 8-2 win over the Yankees, was American League Batter of the Day, receiving 1.5 Box-Toppers points.
Top pitching was on display as teams brought out their number-one starters for opening day. Some of Box-Toppers top scoring pitchers from 2012 earned Player of the Game honors Monday, including:
- Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who had more Box-Toppers points than any other NL pitcher in 2012, with 20.8.
- Mariners pitcher Hernandez, who had the second-most Box-Toppers points among AL pitchers in 2012, with 18.7.
- Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg, who had the second-most Box-Toppers points among NL pitchers in 2012, with 20.4.
- Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander, who led all Box-Toppers rankings in 2012, with 24.8 points.
Here are Monday's Players of the Games:
|MLB||14.0||Cubs||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Jeff Samardzija (W, 1-0)||8.0||2||0||0||1||9|
|12.0||Dodgers||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Clayton Kershaw (W, 1-0)||9.0||4||0||0||0||7|
|AL||11.2||Mariners||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Felix Hernandez (W, 1-0)||7.2||3||0||0||1||8|
|7.0||Nationals||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Stephen Strasburg (W, 1-0)||7.0||3||0||0||0||3|
|7.0||Tigers||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Justin Verlander (W, 1-0)||5.0||3||0||0||2||7|
|6.2||White Sox||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Chris Sale (W, 1-0)||7.2||7||0||0||1||7|
|5.0||Diamondbacks||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Ian Kennedy (W, 1-0)||7.0||5||2||2||1||8|
|4.0||Angels||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Mark Lowe (W, 1-0)||2.0||0||0||0||1||3|
|BAT||3.0||Mets||Collin Cowgill CF, LF||5||2||2||4||0||2||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0|
|3.0||Braves||Freddie Freeman 1B||4||1||3||3||0||1||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0|
|BAT||1.0||Red Sox||Jarrod Saltalamacchia C||2||2||1||0||3||1||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0|