Gio Gonzalez, giving up 1 hit, is top player for Thursday, April 25

Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez is Thursday's Player of the Day. Gonzalez gave up only one hit—a solo homer—over eight innings and struck out seven in the 8-1 win over the Reds.

Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz is American League Player of the Day. Buchholz struck out 10 over 7 2/3 innings in the 7-2 win over the Astros.

Nick Markakis of the Orioles is American League Batter of the Day. Markakis went 2-for-4 and drove in two runs in the 10-2 win over the Athletics.

Nate Schierholtz of the Cubs is National League Batter of the Day. Schierholtz homered and went 2-for-4 in the 4-3 win over the Marlins.

Gonzalez receives 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being named Player of the Day. Buchholz receives 1.7 for AL Player of the Day. Markakis and Schierholtz receive 1.5 each for being top Batter of the Day in their league.

All of Thursday's other Players of the Game (listed in the chart below) receive 1.0 Box-Toppers point:

MLB10.0Nationals 0000000  Gio Gonzalez (W, 2-1)8.011127
 7.0`Dodgers 0000000  Hyun-Jin Ryu 7.031138
AL5.2Red Sox 0000000  Clay Buchholz (W, 5-0)7.2622210
 4.1Mariners 0000000  Brandon Maurer (W, 2-3)6.170016
 4.0Pirates 0000000  Justin Wilson (W, 2-0)2.000002
 3.0Yankees 0000000  Mariano Rivera (S, 7)1.000002
 3.0Royals 0000000  Tim Collins (W, 1-0)1.000002
BAT2.0Orioles Nick Markakis RF422200  00.000000
 2.0White Sox 0000000  Chris Sale (W, 2-2)7.042247
 2.0Diamondbacks 0000000  Trevor Cahill (W, 1-3)5.041046
BAT1.0Cubs Nate Schierholtz RF422100  00.000000
 1.0Rangers 0000000  Joe Nathan (S, 7)1.010001

` Denotes that the pitcher had a no-decision in the game and did not pick up a win or a save.