Marlins' Henderson Alvarez (CG 0R 2H) tops players for Saturday, April 19; Braun rises to 2nd in Box-Toppers points

Marlins pitcher Henderson Alvarez is Saturday’s Player of the Day. Alvarez pitched a complete game, two-hit shutout in the 7-0 win over the Mariners.

Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer is American League Player of the Day. Scherzer struck out nine over seven innings, allowing only one run, in the 5-2 win over the Angels.

Ryan Hanigan of the Rays is AL Batter of the Day. Hanigan hit two homers while going 3-for-4 and driving in six in the 16-1 win over the Yankees.

Ryan Braun of the Brewers is National League Batter of the Day. Braun hit two home runs—including a go-ahead, ninth-inning, two-run homer—and went 3-for-5 in the 8-7 win over the Pirates. Braun rises to second place in Box-Toppers player rankings for the season. He earned 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being NL Batter of the Day, giving him 4.5 for the season. (See updated Top 10 Box-Toppers player rankings for 2014 on the home page.)

Notables: Athletics pitcher Scott Kazmir rises to fifth place on Box-Toppers player rankings and Braves pitcher Ervin Santana rises to sixth place after both were Players of the Game Saturday.  (See updated Top 10 Box-Toppers player rankings for 2014 on the home page.)

Kazmir (8IP 5K ND in 4-3 win vs. Astros) earned 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 4.0 for the season.

Santana (7IP 7K W in 7-5 win vs. Mets) earned 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 4.0 for the season.

Alvarez receives 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day. Scherzer receives 1.7 for AL Player of the Day. Hanigan and Braun 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

MLB11.0MarlinsHenderson Alvarez (W, 1-2)------9.020004
AL9.0TigersMax Scherzer (W, 1-1)------7.031129
BAT7.0RaysRyan Hanigan C423610------
BAT5.0BrewersRyan Braun RF543300------
4.0BravesErvin Santana (W, 2-0)------7.061127
3.0Blue JaysMark Buehrle (W, 4-0)------7.040033
3.0PadresEric Stults (W, 1-2)------6.031102
3.0`RoyalsDanny Duffy (H, 1)------2.000012
3.0Red SoxKoji Uehara (S, 4)------1.000013
2.0CubsWelington Castillo C422200------
2.0DodgersAdrian Gonzalez 1B422201------
2.0`AthleticsScott Kazmir------8.063205
2.0RockiesJordan Lyles (W, 3-0)------7.051012
2.0RangersJoakim Soria (S, 3)------1.000001
1.0CardinalsTony Cruz C412201------

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