Athletics' A.J. Griffin, Blue Jays' R.A. Dickey both throw 2-hit shutouts; Griffin wins top player honor for Wednesday, June 26

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Athletics pitcher A.J. Griffin is Wednesday's Player of the Day. Griffin pitched a complete game, two-hit shutout in the 5-0 win over the Reds.

Griffin and Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey (top player in the 3-0 win over the Rays) had identical Box-Toppers game scores of 12.0. Both pitched complete game, two-hit shutouts. But Griffin won Player of the Day honors by virtue of the fact that he struck out more batters than Dickey—Griffin struck out seven and Dickey struck out six. Despite the small difference in strikeouts, Griffin earns twice as many Box-Toppers points as Dickey—Griffin earns 2.0 for being Player of the Day, while Dickey gets 1.0 for being Player of the Game.

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw is National League Player of the Day. Kershaw struck out seven over eight innings in the 4-2 win over the Giants. Kershaw rises to fourth place among players in Box-Toppers points for the 2013 season (see top 10 standings on the home page). Kershaw picks up 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being NL Player of the Day, giving him 10.7 for the season.

Adrian Beltre of the Rangers is American League Batter of the Day. Beltre went 3-for-5 with two doubles in the 8-5 win over the Yankees.

Delmon Young of the Phillies is NL Batter of the Day. Young hit a two-run home run and went 2-for-4 in the 7-5 win over the Padres. 

Standings update: Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann rises to sixth place among players in Box-Toppers points for the 2013 season (see top 10 standings on the home page). Zimmermann (7IP 2R) was Player of the Game in the 3-2 win over the Diamondbacks. He earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point for being Player of the Game, giving him 10.7 for the season.

Griffin receives 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day. Kershaw receives 1.7 for AL Player of the Day. Beltre and Young each receive 1.5 for being top Batter of the Day in their league.

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

MLB12.0Athletics 0000000  A.J. Griffin (W, 6-6)9.020027
 12.0Blue Jays 0000000  R.A. Dickey (W, 7-8)9.020016
 8.0`Indians 0000000  Scott Kazmir 7.011014
 7.0Red Sox 0000000  John Lackey (W, 5-5)7.0822012
NL6.0Dodgers 0000000  Clayton Kershaw (W, 6-5)8.042217
 4.0Mets 0000000  Shaun Marcum (W, 1-9)8.040022
 4.0`Pirates 0000000  Jeanmar Gomez 5.031025
 2.2`Royals 0000000  Luis Mendoza 6.252216
BAT2.0Rangers Adrian Beltre 3B523201  00.000000
 2.0Angels Mike Trout CF, LF522300  00.000000
BAT2.0Phillies Delmon Young RF422202  00.000000
 2.0Marlins Placido Polanco 3B422200  00.000000
 2.0Nationals 0000000  Jordan Zimmermann (W, 11-3)7.032224
 2.0`Astros 0000000  Jose Cisnero (H, 4)1.000012
 0.0Cubs Anthony Rizzo 1B402211  00.000000

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