Marlins' Henderson Alvarez, pitching no-hitter, tops players for Sunday, Sept. 29—season's final day

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Marlins pitcher Henderson Alvarez, pitching a no-hitter, is Sunday's Player of the Day on the final day of the regular season.

Alvarez gave up no hits and no runs, walked one, hit one batter and struck out four in the 1-0 win over the Tigers. However, Alvarez had to wait until the bottom of the ninth for the Marlins to score their lone run to win the game. He was in the on-deck circle with the bases loaded and two outs when Giancarlo Stanton scored on a wild pitch.

Indians pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez is American League Player of the Day. Jimenez struck out 13 over 6 2/3 innings in the 5-1 win over the Twins, which sealed a wild card playoff spot for the Indians.  Jimenez earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day, giving him 14.5 for the season, putting him in 21st place in player rankings.

Gerald Laird of the Braves is National League Batter of the Day. Laird went 4-for-4 in the 12-5 win over the Phillies.

Salvador Perez of the Royals is AL Batter of the Day. Perez homered, drove in two runs and went 3-for-4 in the 4-1 win over the White Sox.

Notable: Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish rises to 15th place in Box-Toppers Player Rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Sunday. Darvish (5.2IP 8K ND in 6-2 win vs. Angels) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 16.0 for the season. 

Coming Monday: The Tampa Bay Rays visit the Texas Rangers to decide the AL's second wild card team. The game counts as a regular season game, so the Player of the Game will also be Player of the Day and earn 2.0 Box-Toppers points. However, in the meantime, Box-Toppers Final Reports (Well, Nearly Final Except For That One Last Game) on team and player standings will be tabulated and posted Monday.

Alvarez receives 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day. Jimenez receives 1.7 for AL Player of the Day. Laird and Perez each receive 1.5 for being top Batter of the Day in their league.

All of Sunday'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

MLB12.0Marlins  000000  Henderson Alvarez (W, 5-6)9.000014
AL11.2Indians  000000  Ubaldo Jimenez (W, 13-9)6.2511113
 7.1Cardinals  000000  Joe Kelly (W, 10-5)5.130005
 7.0Athletics  000000  Sonny Gray (W, 5-3)5.030038
 7.0`Yankees  000000  David Huff 5.031107
 5.0Pirates  000000  Brandon Cumpton (W, 2-1)5.020013
BAT4.0Braves Gerald Laird C444010   0.000000
 4.0Rockies  000000  Jeff Francis (W, 3-5)5.031126
 3.2`Rangers  000000  Yu Darvish 5.242228
 3.0Mets  000000  Frank Francisco (S, 1)1.000002
 3.0Diamondbacks  000000  Brad Ziegler (S, 13)1.000002
BAT2.0Royals Salvador Perez 1B413200   0.000000
 2.0Orioles Ryan Flaherty 1B312200   0.000000
 2.0Giants Brandon Belt 1B312210   0.000000
 1.0Rays Delmon Young DH312110  00.000000

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