Giants' Madison Bumgarner (6IP 0R 9K ND) tops players for Sunday, Sept. 8

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Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner is Sunday's Player of the Day. Bumgarner struck out nine over six scoreless innings in the 3-2, 11-inning win over the Diamondbacks.

Bumgarner did not earn a win-loss decision in the game because the Diamondbacks tied the score 2-2 in the eighth inning after he left the game with the lead in the sixth inning.

Bumgarner rises to 13th place in Box-Toppers player rankings for the season. He earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 14.7 for the season.

Blue Jays pitcher Esmil Rogers is American League Player of the Day. Rogers pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings in the 2-0 win over the Twins. 

Eric Hosmer of the Royals is AL Batter of the Day. Hosmer hit a three-run homer and went 3-for-4 in the 5-2 win over the Tigers. 

Nick Hundley of the Padres is National League Batter of the Day. Hundley hit a pinch-hit three-run double to beat the Rockies, 5-2. 

Notables: Three of Sunday's Players of the Games are among the top 40 in the Box-Toppers player rankings for the season:

  • Reds pitcher Homer Bailey rises to 20th place. Bailey (7IP 9K ND in 3-2 win vs. Dodgers) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point for being Player of the Game, giving him 13.0 for the season.
  • Robinson Cano of the Yankees rises to 29th place. Cano (3-4 2RBI in 4-3 win vs. Red Sox) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point for being Player of the Game, giving him 11.5 for the season. 
  • Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels rises to 38th place. Hamels (8IP 2H 9K W in 3-2 win vs. Braves) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point for being Player of the Game, giving him 10.4 for the season.

Bumgarner receives 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day. Rogers receives 1.7 for AL Player of the Day. Hosmer and Hundley 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


MLB11.0`Giants0000000  Madison Bumgarner6.040009
 9.0Phillies0000000  Cole Hamels (W, 7-13)8.022229
AL7.2Blue Jays0000000  Esmil Rogers (W, 5-7)7.230014
 7.0Brewers0000000  Yovani Gallardo (W, 11-9)7.031116
 6.0`Reds0000000  Homer Bailey7.062209
 5.0Cardinals0000000  Michael Wacha (W, 3-0)7.020022
 5.0Athletics0000000  Bartolo Colon (W, 15-6)6.051117
 3.2`Mets0000000  Daisuke Matsuzaka5.231136
BAT3.0RoyalsEric Hosmer 1B413300  00.000000
BAT3.0PadresNick Hundley PH, C101300  00.000000
 3.0Rays0000000  Fernando Rodney (S, 33)1.000002
 2.2White Sox0000000  Andre Rienzo (W, 2-1)6.241124
 2.0NationalsWilson Ramos C523201  00.000000
 1.0YankeesRobinson Cano 2B403200  00.000000
 1.0RangersAlex Rios RF412212  00.000000

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