Dodgers' Josh Beckett (5IP 0R 7K ND) tops players for Sunday, April 20

Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett is Sunday’s Player of the Day. Beckett pitched five scoreless innings, giving up one hit and striking out seven in the 4-1 win over the Diamondbacks.

Beckett picked up a no-decision and did not pick up the win. He left with the game in a scoreless tie.

Yankees pitcher Vidal Nuno is American League Player of the Day. Nuno pitched five scoreless innings and struck out six in the 5-1, 12-inning win over the Rays. Nuno picked up a no-decision and did not earn the win. He left with the Yankees leading, but the Rays tied the game in the seventh. This was Nuno’s Box-Toppers debut, the first time he has earned Player of the Game honors. He is the 3,314th player to debut on Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.

Ryan Howard of the Phillies is National League Batter of the Day. Howard homered, tripled, went 4-for-5, scored three times and drove in three in the 10-9 win over the Rockies.

Marcus Semien of the White Sox is AL Batter of the Day. Semien went 4-for-6 with a triple and drove in four runs in the 16-2 win over the Rangers.

Beckett receives 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day. Nuno receives 1.7 for AL Player of the Day. Howard and Semien each receive 1.5 for being top Batter of the Day in their league.

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

MLB9.0`DodgersJosh Beckett------5.010027
7.0`MetsDaisuke Matsuzaka------3.000015
AL6.0`YankeesVidal Nuno------5.030026
BAT5.0PhilliesRyan Howard 1B534300------
5.0`NationalsStephen Strasburg------6.052219
5.0RedsHomer Bailey (W, 1-1)------6.060038
BAT4.0White SoxMarcus Semien 2B624401------
3.0AthleticsJosh Donaldson 3B413300------
3.0TwinsTrevor Plouffe 3B423211------
3.0IndiansMichael Brantley LF322210------
3.0TigersRick Porcello (W, 2-1)------7.051114
2.0Red SoxJonny Gomes LF412300------
2.0BrewersZach Duke (W, 1-0)------2.020002
2.0MarlinsMike Dunn (W, 1-2)------1.000001
0.0GiantsBuster Posey C411200------

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