Rays' Archer tops players for Friday, Sept. 13, Cards' Wainwright rises to 4th in Box-Toppers player rankings

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Rays pitcher Chris Archer is Friday's Player of the Day, while Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright rises to fourth place in Box-Toppers player rankings. 

Archer pitched six shutout innings and struck out seven in the 3-0 win over the Twins. Archer rises to 41st in Box-Toppers player rankings. He earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 10.7 for the season. 

Wainwright rises from sixth to fourth place in Box-Toppers player rankings for the season after earning Player of the Game honors Friday (see the updated top 10 list on the home page).  Wainwright (8IP 1R 6K ND in 2-1, 10-inning win vs. Mariners) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 17.7 for the season.

Wainwright is among five National League pitchers holding down the top five overall spots in Box-Toppers player rankings, all of whom are only 1.6 points apart. With only two weeks left in the season, that makes the race for top NL pitcher—and top overall Box-Toppers points leader—a virtual toss-up. The current overall leader is Marlins rookie pitcher Jose Fernandez with 19.0 Box-Toppers points. (Fernandez is not scheduled pitch again this season.) Any one of the four pitchers trailing Fernandez could claim the top overall spot after their next start.

Brewers pitcher Kyle Lohse is American League Player of the Day. Lohse pitched a complete game, giving up only one run, in the 5-1 win over the Reds.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia of the Red Sox is AL Batter of the Day. Saltalamacchia hit a grand slam and went 2-for-3 in the 8-4 win over the Yankees. 

Ryan Zimmerman of the Nationals is NL Batter of the Day. Zimmerman homered and went 3-for-5 in the 6-1 win over the Phillies. 

Archer receives 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day. Lohse receives 1.7 for AL Player of the Day. Saltalamacchia and Zimmerman 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.

Top player from each game

Listed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score

MLB10.0Rays 0000000  Chris Archer (W, 9-7)6.030007
NL7.0Brewers 0000000  Kyle Lohse (W, 10-9)9.041115
 6.2`Indians 0000000  Danny Salazar 3.240029
BAT5.0Red Sox Jarrod Saltalamacchia C322410  00.000000
 4.0Athletics Josh Donaldson 3B322321  00.000000
 4.0Astros Matt Dominguez 3B211411  00.000000
 4.0`Cardinals 0000000  Adam Wainwright 8.061126
 4.0Padres 0000000  Nick Vincent (W, 5-3)1.000003
 3.2Orioles 0000000  Tommy Hunter (W, 5-4)1.210003
BAT2.0Nationals Ryan Zimmerman 3B533100  00.000000
 2.0Rockies Wilin Rosario C512400  00.000000
 2.0Cubs Brian Bogusevic LF413200  00.000000
 2.0Tigers Prince Fielder 1B412302  00.000000
 2.0Mets Andrew Brown RF221120  00.000000
 1.0Giants Hunter Pence RF422100  00.000000

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