Rangers' Derek Holland (CG 0R 9K) tops players for Monday, Sept. 23

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Rangers pitcher Derek Holland is Monday's Player of the Day. Holland pitched a complete-game shutout, striking out nine, in the 12-0 win over the Astros.

Holland earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 11.7 for the season, putting him in 36th place in Box-Toppers player rankings.

Brewers pitcher Marco Estrada is National League Player of the Day. Estrada pitched seven shutout innings, giving up only two hits, in the 5-0 win over the Braves. 

Nick Hundley of the Padres is NL Batter of the Day. Hundley hit a three-run homer and went 2-for-4 in the 4-1 win over the Diamondbacks. 

Jed Lowrie of the Athletics is American League Batter of the Day. Lowrie hit a three-run homer in the 10-5 win over the Angels.

Notable: Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright had a chance to retake the lead in Box-Toppers player rankings in his start against the Nationals Monday, but did not score any Box-Toppers points. Though Wainwright earned the win in the 4-3 victory, he gave up seven hits and three runs over seven innings and his Box-Toppers game score was -1.0. Closing pitcher Trevor Rosenthal was the Cardinals Player of the Game with a Box-Toppers game score of 1.2.

Wainwright is still in third place in Box-Toppers player rankings (see the updated top 10 list on the home page) with 19.2 points. He trails overall leader, Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who has 20.7. Wainwright has one last chance to catch or pass Kershaw in his scheduled start on the final day of the regular season Sunday against the Cubs. (Kershaw has his final regular season scheduled start Friday against the Rockies.)

Holland receives 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day. Estrada receives 1.7 for NL Player of the Day. Hundley and Lowrie each receive 1.5 for being top Batter of the Day in their league.

All of Monday'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

MLB11.0Rangers 0000000  Derek Holland (W, 10-9)9.060019
NL8.0Brewers 0000000  Marco Estrada (W, 7-4)7.020036
 8.0`Pirates 0000000  Charlie Morton 7.030015
 7.2Marlins 0000000  Nathan Eovaldi (W, 4-6)7.230025
 4.2`Royals 0000000  Yordano Ventura 5.221136
 3.1White Sox 0000000  Jose Quintana (W, 9-6)7.152216
 3.0`Reds 0000000  Johnny Cueto 7.032135
BAT2.0Padres Nick Hundley C412301  00.000000
BAT2.0Athletics Jed Lowrie DH421310  00.000000
 2.0Rays James Loney PH111100  00.000000
 1.2Cardinals 0000000  Trevor Rosenthal (S, 1)0.200001
 1.0Twins Ryan Doumit PH101100  00.000000

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