Indians' Justin Masterson, who tops players for Sunday, June 30, takes back Box-Toppers points lead

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Indians pitcher Justin Masterson is Sunday's Player of the Day and takes back the lead in player Box-Toppers points this season.

Masterson threw a complete game shutout, striking out eight, in the 4-0 win over the White Sox. He earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 13.7 for the season (see the updated top 10 list on the home page). He takes the lead back from Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers (with 12.4 points), who only took the lead from Masterson on Friday. 

Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez is National League Player of the Day. Gonzalez pitched seven shutout innings and struck out seven in the 13-2 win over the Mets. 

David Lough of the Royals is American League Batter of the Day. Lough homered and went 4-for-4 in the 9-8 win over the Twins. This was Lough's Box-Toppers debut, the first time he has been Player of the Game. He is the 3,214th player to make his debut since Box-Toppers stats were first recorded in 1995.

Jeff Mathis of the Marlins is NL Batter of the Day. Mathis hit a walk-off grand slam in the 6-2 win over the Padres. 

Notable: Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish, Player of the Game in the 3-2 win over the Reds (6.2IP 0R 8K), is the 11th player this season to reach 10.0 Box-Toppers points. He earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point for being Player of the Game, giving him 10.0 for the season.

Masterson receives 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day. Gonzalez receives 1.7 for NL Player of the Day. Lough and Mathis each receive 1.5 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:


MLB10.0Indians 0000000  Justin Masterson (W, 10-6)9.060018
 10.0Angels 0000000  C.J. Wilson (W, 8-5)7.0310310
NL9.0Nationals 0000000  Gio Gonzalez (W, 5-3)7.030027
BAT7.0Royals David Lough RF444300  00.000000
 7.0Dodgers 0000000  Stephen Fife (W, 3-2)7.040015
 7.0Pirates 0000000  Tony Watson (W, 2-1)3.000004
 6.2Rangers 0000000  Yu Darvish (W, 8-3)6.240048
 3.0Athletics Jed Lowrie SS422300  00.000000
 3.0Giants 0000000  Madison Bumgarner (W, 8-5)7.041135
 3.0Cubs 0000000  Kevin Gregg (S, 13)1.000002
BAT2.0Marlins Jeff Mathis C411400  00.000000
 2.0Rays Jose Lobaton C303200  00.000000
 2.0Braves Brian McCann C322110  00.000000
 2.0Orioles 0000000  Jim Johnson (S, 28)1.010002
 1.0Red Sox Jonathan Diaz PR010000  00.000000