Royals' Smith, Phillies' Hamels top players for Monday, Sept. 2

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Royals pitcher Will Smith is Monday's Player of the Day. Smith pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings in middle relief, striking out eight and giving up only one hit in the 3-1 win over the Mariners.

Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels is National League Player of the Day. Hamels struck out eight and gave up only one run and two hits over seven innings in the 3-2 win over the Nationals. Hamels exited the game with the score tied 1-1, so was not eligible for the win. 

Andre Ethier of the Dodgers is NL Batter of the Day. Ethier homered, drove in three runs and went 3-for-4 in the 10-8 win over the Rockies.

Chris Colabello of the Twins is American League Batter of the Day. Colabello hit two home runs including a ninth-inning, go-ahead grand slam in the 10-6 win over the Astros. 

Notables: Marlins pitcher Henderson Alvarez earned Player of the Game honors in the 4-3 win over the Cubs, but he won for his performance at the plate rather than the mound. Alvarez went 2-for-2 and hit a three-run homer. 

Also, Freddie Freeman of the Braves rises to 32nd place in Box-Toppers player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Monday. Freeman (three-run HR, 5RBI in 13-5 win vs. Mets) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 10.5 for the season.

Smith receives 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day. Hamels receives 1.7 for NL Player of the Day. Ethier and Colabello 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

MLB11.1Royals 0000000  Will Smith (W, 2-1)4.110008
NL11.0`Phillies 0000000  Cole Hamels 7.021108
 9.1Blue Jays 0000000  Esmil Rogers (W, 4-7)6.110015
 8.0Orioles 0000000  Bud Norris (W, 10-10)7.041118
BAT5.0Dodgers Andre Ethier CF433310  00.000000
BAT4.0TwinsChris Colabello 1B522502  00.000000
 4.0Angels Erick Aybar SS422401  00.000000
 4.0Marlins Henderson Alvarez P212300  00.000000
 4.0Padres 0000000  Ian Kennedy (W, 6-9)6.051127
 3.0Braves Freddie Freeman 1B512501  00.000000
 3.0Tigers 0000000  Doug Fister (W, 12-7)7.040044
 2.0Pirates Jose Tabata LF413200  00.000000
 2.0Reds Zack Cozart SS322110  00.000000
 1.2Yankees 0000000  David Huff (W, 2-0)5.251103
 1.1`Athletics 0000000  Brett Anderson (H, 1)1.110012

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