Marlins' Jose Fernandez takes lead among players in Box-Toppers points; Giants' Petit, nearly perfect, tops players for Friday, Sept. 6

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Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez takes the lead in Box-Toppers player rankings for the season after earning Player of the Game honors Friday. 

Meanwhile, Giants pitcher Yusmeiro Petit, who nearly threw a perfect game, is Friday's overall Player of the Day. 

Fernandez pitched seven shutout innings, giving up only one hit and striking out nine in the 7-0 win over the Nationals. He earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point for being top player in the game, giving him 19.0 for the season. He moves from second to first in the Box-Toppers player ranking list, passing previous leader Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers (18.7 points), who had led since Aug. 17 (see the updated top 10 player rankings list on the home page). This is the first time Fernandez has led in Box-Toppers points this season. 

Though Fernandez' performance Friday was impressive and his Box-Toppers game score of 13.0 would usually be enough to earn Player of the Day honors, there were three other players who had better scores Friday. 

Petit, who had a Box-Toppers game score of 15.0, is Friday's overall top player. Petit was one strike away from a perfect game in the 3-0 win over the Diamondbacks. He gave up one hit with two outs and two strikes in the ninth inning. He struck out seven in the complete game shutout.

This is Petit's first Box-Toppers Player of the Game honor since Aug. 27, 2009 when he was with the Diamondbacks.

Indians pitcher Scott Kazmir is American League Player of the Day. Kazmir struck out 12 over six scoreless innings in the 8-1 win over the Mets. 

Omar Infante of the Tigers is AL Batter of the Day. Infante went 5-for-6 and drove in six runs in the 16-2 win over the Royals.

Jon Jay of the Cardinals is National League Batter of the Day. Jay went 3-for-4, scored three times and drove in three runs in the 12-8 win over the Pirates.  

Notable: Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee rises to 29th place in Box-Toppers player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Friday. Lee (8IP 2H 1R 10K W in 2-1 win vs. Braves) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 11.4 for the season. 

Petit receives 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day. Kazmir receives 1.7 for AL Player of the Day. Infante and Jay 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

MLB15.0Giants 0000000  Yusmeiro Petit (W, 3-0)9.010007
 14.0Phillies 0000000  Cliff Lee (W, 12-6)8.0211010
AL14.0Indians 0000000  Scott Kazmir (W, 8-7)6.0400012
 13.0Marlins 0000000  Jose Fernandez (W, 11-6)7.010029
BAT8.0Tigers Omar Infante 2B525600  00.000000
 7.1Cubs 0000000  Carlos Villanueva (W, 5-8)2.100005
 7.0Red Sox Mike Napoli 1B333420  00.000000
 6.0Orioles 0000000  Scott Feldman (W, 5-4)9.050013
BAT5.0Cardinals Jon Jay CF433300  00.000000
 4.0Reds Joey Votto 1B222220  00.000000
 3.0Athletics Josh Donaldson 3B533200  00.000000
 1.0Angels Mark Trumbo 1B411302  00.000000
 1.0Mariners Kyle Seager 3B311200  00.000000
 1.0Blue Jays Jose Reyes SS321110  00.000000
 1.0Padres Jesus Guzman PH101100  00.000000