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:
|MLB||10.0||Nationals||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Gio Gonzalez (W, 2-1)||8.0||1||1||1||2||7|
|AL||5.2||Red Sox||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Clay Buchholz (W, 5-0)||7.2||6||2||2||2||10|
|4.1||Mariners||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Brandon Maurer (W, 2-3)||6.1||7||0||0||1||6|
|4.0||Pirates||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Justin Wilson (W, 2-0)||2.0||0||0||0||0||2|
|3.0||Yankees||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Mariano Rivera (S, 7)||1.0||0||0||0||0||2|
|3.0||Royals||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Tim Collins (W, 1-0)||1.0||0||0||0||0||2|
|BAT||2.0||Orioles||Nick Markakis RF||4||2||2||2||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2.0||White Sox||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Chris Sale (W, 2-2)||7.0||4||2||2||4||7|
|2.0||Diamondbacks||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Trevor Cahill (W, 1-3)||5.0||4||1||0||4||6|
|BAT||1.0||Cubs||Nate Schierholtz RF||4||2||2||1||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0|
|1.0||Rangers||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Joe Nathan (S, 7)||1.0||1||0||0||0||1|
` Denotes that the pitcher had a no-decision in the game and did not pick up a win or a save.