Athletics' Griffin tops players for Thursday, Sept. 12, Dodgers' Greinke, 3rd in Box-Toppers player rankings, inches closer to top

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Athletics pitcher A.J. Griffin is Thursday's Player of the Day, while Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke scored a Box-Toppers point to remain in third place in player rankings. 

Griffin gave up one run and two hits over seven innings, striking out eight, in the 8-2 win over the Twins. 

Greinke maintained his spot in third place on Box-Toppers' player rankings list (see the updated top 10 list on the home page) after earning Player of the Game honors Thursday.  Greinke (6IP 1R 5K ND in 3-2, 10-inning win vs. Giants) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 18.4 for the season. He trails overall leader, Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez (19.0) and teammate, Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw (18.7), in a tight, late-season race atop the player rankings list.

Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke is National League Player of the Day. Locke gave up one run over seven innings in the 3-1 win over the Cubs. 

Ryan Raburn of the Indians is American League Batter of the Day. Raburn hit a three-run homer, drove in five runs and went 3-for-3 in the 14-3 win over the White Sox. 

Carlos Ruiz of the Phillies is NL Batter of the Day. Ruiz drove in three runs and went 3-for-3 in the 10-5 win over the Padres. 

Notable: Freddie Freeman of the Braves rises to 32nd place in Box-Toppers player rankings for the season after earning Player of the Game honors Thursday. Freeman (HR 2RBI 3-4 in 6-1 win vs. Marlins) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 11.5 for the season. 

Griffin receives 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day. Locke receives 1.7 for NL Player of the Day. Raburn and Ruiz 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


MLB10.0Athletics 0000000  A.J. Griffin (W, 14-9)7.021118
BAT7.0Indians Ryan Raburn LF323510  00.000000
NL6.0Pirates 0000000  Jeff Locke (W, 10-5)7.031115
 4.2`Rays 0000000  Jamey Wright (BS, 1)1.210004
BAT4.0Phillies Carlos Ruiz C313320  00.000000
 3.0Braves Freddie Freeman 1B423210  00.000000
 3.0Brewers 0000000  Tyler Thornburg (W, 2-1)6.032226
 3.0`Dodgers 0000000  Zack Greinke 6.041125
 2.0Nationals Ryan Zimmerman 3B422201  00.000000
 1.0Angels Kole Calhoun RF312110  00.000000
 1.0Yankees 0000000  Mariano Rivera (W, 6-2)1.000000

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