Reds' Johnny Cueto (CG 0R 3H 12K) tops players for Wednesday, April 16

Reds pitchers Johnny Cueto is Wednesday’s Player of the Day. Cueto pitched a complete-game shutout, struck out 12 and gave up just three hits in the 4-0 win over the Pirates.

Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is American League Player of the Day. Tanaka pitched eight shutout innings, struck out 10 and gave up just two hits in the 3-0 win over the Cubs.

Zach Walters of the Nationals is National League Batter of the Day. Walters hit a pinch-hit, go-ahead home run in the 6-3 win over the Marlins. This was Walter's Box-Toppers debut, the first time he has earned Player of the Game honors. He is the 3,311th player to debut since Box-Toppers record keeping began in 1995.

There is no AL Batter of the Day for Wednesday because no AL batter earned Player of the Game honors.

Notable: Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish rises to fourth place in Box-Toppers player rankings. Darvish (7IP 8K ND in 3-2 win vs. Mariners) earned 1.0 Box-Toppers point for being Player of the Game, giving him 3.7 for the season. (See updated Box-Toppers Player Rankings for the season.)

Cueto receives 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day. Tanaka receives 1.7 for AL Player of the Day. Walters receives 1.5 for being NL Batter of the Day.

All of Wednesday’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

MLB18.0RedsJohnny Cueto (W, 1-2)------9.0300012
AL15.0YankeesMasahiro Tanaka (W, 2-0)------8.0200110
10.0BravesJulio Teheran (W, 2-1)------9.030004
7.0MetsDillon Gee (W, 1-0)------7.030003
5.0OriolesMiguel Gonzalez (W, 1-1)------5.030036
4.2Red SoxChris Capuano (W, 1-0)------2.210003
4.0YankeesMichael Pineda (W, 2-1)------6.040013
4.0`AngelsFernando Salas------2.000002
3.0GiantsSergio Romo (S, 4)------1.000002
BAT2.0NationalsZach Walters PH111100------
2.0`RangersYu Darvish------7.072228
2.0IndiansZach McAllister (W, 2-0)------6.041124
2.0RoyalsDanny Duffy (W, 1-0)------2.030014
2.0PadresHuston Street (S, 5)------1.010002
1.0BrewersAramis Ramirez 3B413100------

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