Justin Verlander flirts with no-no, is top player for Sunday, May 5

Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander, who flirted with another no-hitter, is Sunday's Player of the Day.

Verlander gave up the first hit with one out in the seventh inning. He gave up only two hits over seven innings and struck out nine in the 9-0 win over the Astros. Verlander already has two career no-hitters, on June 12, 2007 and May 7, 2011—he was Box-Toppers Player of the Day both times.

Marlins pitcher Kevin Slowey is National League Player of the Day. Slowey pitched seven shutout innings and struck out seven in the 14-2 win over the Phillies.

Matt Holliday of the Cardinals is National League Batter of the Day. Holliday homered and went 2-for-3 in the 10-1 win over the Brewers.

Mark DeRosa of the Blue Jays is American League Player of the Day. DeRosa hit a three-run home run and went 3-for-5 in the 10-2 win over the Mariners.

Verlander receives 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being named Player of the Day. Slowey receives 1.7 for NL Player of the Day. Holliday and DeRosa receive 1.5 each for being top Batter of the Day in their league.

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

MLB12.0Tigers 0000000  Justin Verlander (W, 4-2)7.020029
NL10.0Marlins 0000000  Kevin Slowey (W, 1-2)7.020027
 9.0`Rangers 0000000  Yu Darvish 7.0433214
 6.0Twins 0000000  Mike Pelfrey (W, 3-3)6.041117
BAT5.0Cardinals Matt Holliday LF332310  00.000000
BAT4.0Blue Jays Mark DeRosa 3B533300  00.000000
 3.0Braves Freddie Freeman 1B523300  00.000000
 3.0Rays James Loney 1B433101  00.000000
 3.0`Royals 0000000  Luke Hochevar 2.000001
 2.0Giants Hunter Pence RF402401  00.000000
 2.0Reds Todd Frazier 3B312211  00.000000
 2.0Nationals Danny Espinosa 2B311300  00.000000
 1.1Orioles 0000000  Darren O`Day (S, 1)1.110001
 1.0Padres Jedd Gyorko 2B412202  00.000000
 1.0Athletics 0000000  Sean Doolittle (W, 2-0)1.000000

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