Nats' Stephen Strasburg (6.2IP 12K) tops players for Thursday, April 10

Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg is Thursday’s Player of the Day. Strasburg struck out 12 over 6 2/3 innings, allowing one run and three hits, in the 7-1 win over the Marlins.

Yankees closing pitcher David Phelps is American League Player of the Day. Phelps struck out three over 2 1/3 innings, picking up the save, in the 4-1 win over the Red Sox.

Daniel Murphy of the Mets is National League Batter of the Day. Murphy went 3-4 and drove in three runs in the 6-4 win over the Braves.

Jose Abreu of the White Sox is AL Batter of the Day. Abreu homered twice and drove in three runs in the 7-3 win over the Indians. This was Abreu’s Box-Toppers debut, the first time he has earned Player of the Game honors. He is the 3,308th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.

Notable: Ryan Braun of the Brewers, top player in the 6-2 win over the Phillies, earns Player of the Game honors for the second time in three days and now has 3.0 Box-Toppers points on the season, rising to fifth place among all players.

Strasburg receives 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day. Phelps receives 1.7 for AL Player of the Day. Murphy and Abreu each receive 1.5 for being top Batter of the Day in their league.

All of Thursday’s other Players of the Game (listed in the chart below) receive 1.0 Box-Toppers point.

Box-Toppers tracks who most helps their team win the most games. Using standard box score statistics, Box-Toppers uses a simple formula to determine a Player of the Game for each Major League Baseball game played. That player is the person who contributed most to his team’s win. Players earn Box-Toppers points for being named Player of the Game and can earn bonus points for being Player of the Day or top player or batter in their league for the day.

Top player from each game

Listed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score

MLB12.2NationalsStephen Strasburg (W, 1-1)------6.2311112
AL5.1YankeesDavid Phelps (S, 1)------2.100003
5.0AthleticsDan Straily (W, 1-1)------731125
BAT4.0MetsDaniel Murphy 2B423310------
4.0AstrosDallas Keuchel (W, 1-1)------751126
BAT3.0White SoxJose Abreu 1B422301------
3.0DBacksJ.J. Putz (W, 1-0)------100002
2.0PiratesTravis Snider PH, RF211201------
1.0BrewersRyan Braun RF312100------