White Sox pitcher Chris Sale is Friday's Player of the Day and takes the season lead among players in Box-Toppers points.
Sale struck out 12 over 7 2/3 innings in the 3-0 win over the Angels. He earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for Player of the Day, giving him 8.7 for the season, putting him atop the player standings for 2013 (see the updated standings on the home page).
Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks is National League Player of the Day. Goldschmidt hit a pair of two-run homers and went 4-for-5 in the 9-2 win over the Marlins.
Kelly Johnson of the Rays is American League Batter of the Day. Johnson homered and went 3-for-5 in the 12-10 win over the Orioles.
Standings update: Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz rises to second place in player standings for the 2013 season and Mets pitcher Matt Harvey moves up to fourth place. Buchholz (7IP 9K) was Player of the Game in the 3-2 win over the Twins (though he did not earn the win). Harvey (7.1IP 6K) was Player of the Game in the 3-2 win over the Cubs. Both players earned 1.0 Box-Toppers point Friday. Buchholz has 8.1 Box-Toppers points and Harvey has 8.0.
Sale receives 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being named Player of the Day. Goldschmidt receives 1.7 for NL Player of the Day. Johnson receives 1.5 for being AL Batter of the Day.
All of Friday's other Players of the Game (listed in the chart below) receive 1.0 Box-Toppers point:
|MLB||13.2||White Sox||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Chris Sale (W, 5-2)||7.2||3||0||0||3||12|
|10.0||Yankees||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Hiroki Kuroda (W, 6-2)||8.0||2||0||0||1||5|
|NL||7.0||Diamondbacks||Paul Goldschmidt 1B||5||4||4||4||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0|
|5.0||`Red Sox||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Clay Buchholz||7.0||4||2||2||3||9|
|4.1||Mets||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Matt Harvey (W, 5-0)||7.1||5||2||2||0||6|
|BAT||4.0||Rays||Kelly Johnson LF||5||2||3||4||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0|
|4.0||Rockies||Jordan Pacheco 1B||4||1||2||5||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0|
|4.0||Nationals||Adam LaRoche 1B||4||2||2||4||0||2||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0|
|3.2||Tigers||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Rick Porcello (W, 2-2)||5.2||5||1||1||1||6|
|3.0||Braves||Justin Upton LF||4||1||1||5||1||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2.0||Indians||Jason Kipnis 2B||4||1||2||3||1||1||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2.0||Cardinals||David Freese 3B||4||1||1||4||0||2||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2.0||Phillies||Michael Young 3B||1||1||1||1||3||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0|
|1.0||Pirates||Andrew McCutchen CF||5||2||3||1||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0|
` Denotes that the pitcher had a no-decision in the game and did not pick up a win or a save.