Athletics' Sonny Gray (8IP 0R 9K) tops players for Thursday, Aug. 15

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Note: Box-Toppers is playing catch-up after time away. These are Box-Toppers results for Thursday, Aug. 15:

Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray is Thursday's Player of the Day. Gray pitched eight scoreless innings and struck out nine in the 5-0 win over the Astros. 

It is Gray's Box-Toppers debut, the first time he has earned Player of the Game honors. He is the 3,259th player to debut on Box-Toppers since record-keeping began in 1995. 

Reds pitcher Tony Cingrani is National League Player of the Day. Cingrani struck out nine over 6 1/3 innings in the 2-1 win over the Brewers. 

Wil Myers of the Rays is American League Batter of the Day. He went 3-for-4 and drove in four runs in the 7-1 win over the Mariners. 

Hector Sanchez of the Giants is NL Batter of the Day. He hit a pinch-hit three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning to beat the Nationals, 4-3.

Notable: Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez rose to 18th place in Box-Toppers player season standings after earning Player of the Game honors Thursday. Sanchez (7.1IP 1R 5K W in the 4-1 win vs. the Royals) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 12.7 for the season. 

Gray receives 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day. Cingrani receives 1.7 for NL Player of the Day. Myers and Sanchez each receive 1.5 for being top Batter of the Day in their league.

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

Top player from each game

Listed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score

MLB12.0Athletics 0000000  Sonny Gray (W, 1-1)8.040019
NL8.1Reds 0000000  Tony Cingrani (W, 6-2)6.141119
 8.0`Mets 0000000  Zack Wheeler 6.0711112
BAT5.0Rays Wil Myers DH423400  00.000000
 5.0Angels Chris Nelson 3B422501  00.000000
BAT4.0Giants Hector Sanchez PH111300  00.000000
 3.0Cardinals 0000000  Kevin Siegrist (W, 1-1)1.000002
 2.1Tigers 0000000  Anibal Sanchez (W, 11-7)7.171115
 1.0Twins Chris Herrmann PH101100  00.000000
 1.0Blue Jays Mark DeRosa PH, 1B000100  00.000000

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