Yankees' Ivan Nova, D-Backs' Tyler Skaggs top players for Friday, July 5

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Yankees pitcher Ivan Nova is Friday's Player of the Day. Nova pitched a complete game and struck out 11 in the 3-2 win over the Orioles.

Diamondbacks pitcher Tyler Skaggs is National League Player of the Day. Skaggs pitched eight scoreless innings and gave up only three hits in the 5-0 win over the Rockies. 

Kirk Nieuwenhuis of the Mets is NL Batter of the Day. Nieuwenhuis went 4-for-4 with five RBIs in the 12-5 win over the Brewers.

Josh Reddick of the Athletics is American League Batter of the Day. Reddick went 2-for-3 and scored three runs in the 6-3 win over the Royals. 

Notable: Mariners closing pitcher Oliver Perez (Save, 3K in 4-2 win vs. Reds) was Player of the Game for the first time in more than four years. The previous time Perez was Player of the Game was April 15, 2009, when he was a starting pitcher for the New York Mets. In 2004, Perez had 17.0 Box-Toppers points for the season as a starter for the San Diego Padres and Pittsburgh Pirates. He has 43.1 career Box-Toppers points.

Nova receives 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day. Skaggs receives 1.7 for NL Player of the Day. Nieuwenhuis and Reddick each receive 1.5 for being top Batter of the Day in their league.

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

MLB12.0Yankees 0000000  Ivan Nova (W, 3-2)9.0322111
NL9.0Diamondbacks 0000000  Tyler Skaggs (W, 2-1)8.030015
BAT8.0Mets Kirk Nieuwenhuis RF434520  00.000000
 8.0Rays 0000000  Jeremy Hellickson (W, 8-3)7.061109
 7.0Dodgers Juan Uribe 3B523701  00.000000
 6.0Tigers 0000000  Rick Porcello (W, 5-6)7.050026
 6.0Blue Jays 0000000  Mark Buehrle (W, 5-5)7.060005
BAT4.0Athletics Josh Reddick RF332201  00.000000
 4.0Pirates 0000000  Francisco Liriano (W, 8-3)9.042247
 4.0`Cardinals 0000000  Trevor Rosenthal (H, 18)1.000003
 4.0Mariners 0000000  Oliver Perez (S, 2)1.000003
 3.0Phillies Humberto Quintero C312301  00.000000
 3.0Red Sox David Ortiz PH111200  00.000000
 2.0Rangers Nelson Cruz RF521401  00.000000
 2.0Nationals Wilson Ramos C412301  00.000000

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