White Sox pitcher Chris Sale strikes out 12, is top player for Friday, May 17, takes season lead in Box-Toppers points

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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:

MLB13.2White Sox 0000000  Chris Sale (W, 5-2)7.2300312
 10.0Yankees 0000000  Hiroki Kuroda (W, 6-2)8.020015
NL7.0Diamondbacks Paul Goldschmidt 1B544400  00.000000
 5.0`Red Sox 0000000  Clay Buchholz 7.042239
 4.1Mets 0000000  Matt Harvey (W, 5-0)7.152206
BAT4.0Rays Kelly Johnson LF523400  00.000000
 4.0Rockies Jordan Pacheco 1B412500  00.000000
 4.0Nationals Adam LaRoche 1B422402  00.000000
 4.0`Athletics 0000000  Jarrod Parker 7.041125
 3.2Tigers 0000000  Rick Porcello (W, 2-2)5.251116
 3.0Braves Justin Upton LF411510  00.000000
 2.0Indians Jason Kipnis 2B412311  00.000000
 2.0Cardinals David Freese 3B411402  00.000000
 2.0Phillies Michael Young 3B111130  00.000000
 1.0Pirates Andrew McCutchen CF523100  00.000000

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