Results from Monday, April 1

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:

MLB14.0Cubs 0000000  Jeff Samardzija (W, 1-0)8.020019
 12.0Dodgers 0000000  Clayton Kershaw (W, 1-0)9.040007
AL11.2Mariners 0000000  Felix Hernandez (W, 1-0)7.230018
 7.0Nationals 0000000  Stephen Strasburg (W, 1-0)7.030003
 7.0Tigers 0000000  Justin Verlander (W, 1-0)5.030027
 6.2White Sox 0000000  Chris Sale (W, 1-0)7.270017
 5.0Diamondbacks 0000000  Ian Kennedy (W, 1-0)7.052218
 4.0Angels 0000000  Mark Lowe (W, 1-0)2.000013
BAT3.0Mets Collin Cowgill CF, LF522402  00.000000
 3.0Braves Freddie Freeman 1B413301  00.000000
 3.0`Brewers 0000000  Alfredo Figaro 2.010002
BAT1.0Red Sox Jarrod Saltalamacchia C221031  00.000000