Nats' Roark tops players for Tuesday, Sept. 17, Tigers' Sanchez rises to 7th in Box-Toppers player rankings

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Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark is Tuesday's Player of the Day, while Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez rises to seventh place in Box-Toppers player rankings.

Roark pitched seven scoreless innings and gave up only two hits in the 4-0 win over the Braves.

Sanchez rises to seventh in Box-Toppers player rankings (see the updated top 10 list on the home page) after earning Player of the Game honors Tuesday. Sanchez (6.1IP 10K ND in 6-2 win vs. Mariners) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 17.1 for the season. He and teammate Max Scherzer both have 17.1 Box-Toppers points, but Scherzer holds the lead among AL players since he has more Box-Toppers points over the past two seasons (34.1 vs. 23.8).

Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey is American League Player of the Day. Dickey pitched seven scoreless innings and struck out eight in the 2-0 win over the Yankees. 

Matt Holliday of the Cardinals is National League Batter of the Day. Holliday homered, drove in three runs and went 4-for-4 in the 11-4 win over the Rockies. 

Alexi Casilla of the Orioles is AL Batter of the Day. Casilla scored the go-ahead run as a pinch runner in the ninth inning in the 3-2 win over the Red Sox. 

Notable: Two top pitchers in Box-Toppers player rankings were pitted against each other Tuesday, but neither picked up Box-Toppers points. Zack Greinke of the Dodgers and Patrick Corbin of the Diamondbacks, both in Box-Toppers player rankings top 10, were both in position to take over the points lead, but neither earned Player of the Game honors. Corbin (17.4 Box-Toppers points) left the game in the third inning after giving up six runs. His team lost. Greinke (18.4 Box-Toppers points), though he pitched six innings and struck out five, had a lower Box-Toppers game score than eventual Player of the Game Matt Kemp (4.0 vs. 0.0). Greinke remains in third place in Box-Toppers player rankings and Corbin remains in fifth.

Coming Wednesday: Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright has a chance to take the lead in Box-Toppers points. Wainwright is starting pitcher against the Rockies Wednesday. Wainwright has 17.7 Box-Toppers points and is in fourth place in player rankings. He trails points leader Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez (19.0) by 1.3 Box-Toppers points. If he earns Player of the Day or NL Player of the Day honors, he would pass Fernandez. 

Roark receives 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day. Dickey receives 1.7 for AL Player of the Day. Holliday and Casilla each receive 1.5 for being top Batter of the Day in their league.

All of Tuesday'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


MLB10.0Nationals 0000000  Tanner Roark (W, 7-0)7.020016
AL9.0Blue Jays 0000000  R.A. Dickey (W, 13-12)7.040028
 7.0Reds 0000000  Mike Leake (W, 14-6)8.050026
BAT5.0Cardinals Matt Holliday LF424310  00.000000
 5.0Phillies Chase Utley 2B423400  00.000000
 5.0Giants Angel Pagan CF323320  00.000000
 4.1`Tigers 0000000  Anibal Sanchez 6.1622210
 4.0Dodgers Matt Kemp CF414300  00.000000
 4.0Rangers 0000000  Alexi Ogando (W, 7-4)5.021114
 4.0Athletics 0000000  Grant Balfour (W, 1-3)1.000003
 3.0Padres Jedd Gyorko 2B523301  00.000000
 3.0Brewers Carlos Gomez CF312301  00.000000
 3.0`Nationals 0000000  Dan Haren 6.031124
 3.0`White Sox 0000000  Nate Jones (H, 13)1.000002
 3.0Indians 0000000  Chris Perez (S, 25)1.000002
BAT1.0Orioles Alexi Casilla PR, DH010000  00.000000

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