Red Sox' John Lackey (8IP 1R 11K) tops players for Wednesday, April 23

Red Sox pitcher John Lackey is Wednesday’s Player of the Day. Lackey gave up one run over eight innings and struck out 11 in the 5-1 win over the Yankees.

Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke is National League Player of the Day. Greinke struck out 11 over seven innings in the 5-2 win over the Phillies. Greinke rises to sixth place in Box-Toppers player rankings for the season. He earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points, giving him 4.4 for the season. (See updated Top 10 Box-Toppers player rankings for 2014 on the home page.)

Kyle Seager of the Mariners is American League Batter of the Day. Seager hit a two-run homer and then hit a walk-off three-run home run in the 5-3 win over the Astros.

Michael Morse of the Giants is NL Batter of the Day. Morse hit two home runs and drove in four runs in the 12-10, 11-inning win over the Rockies.

Notable: Rangers pitcher Martin Perez rises to fourth place in Box-Toppers player rankings for the season. Perez (CG 0R W in 3-0 win vs. Athletics) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point for being Player of the Game, giving him 5.0 for the season. (See updated Top 10 Box-Toppers player rankings for 2014 on the home page.)

Lackey receives 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day. Greinke receives 1.7 for NL Player of the Day. Seager and Morse each receive 1.5 for being top Batter of the Day in their league.

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

MLB10.0Red SoxJohn Lackey (W, 3-2)------8.0711011
NL8.0DodgersZack Greinke (W, 4-0)------7.0522111
8.0`BravesAaron Harang------6.0611111
7.0RangersMartin Perez (W, 4-0)------9.030023
BAT6.0MarinersKyle Seager 3B322510------
5.0OriolesNelson Cruz DH422511------
4.1TwinsCasey Fien (W, 3-0)------2.100002
BAT4.0GiantsMichael Morse LF422401------
4.0BrewersKyle Lohse (W, 4-1)------7.052105
4.0DbacksTrevor Cahill (W, 1-4)------2.010003
2.0White SoxMarcus Semien 3B411402------
1.0MetsLucas Duda 1B321111------
1.0IndiansLonnie Chisenhall PH, 3B101100------
0.0RedsJay Bruce RF412100------
0.0NationalsDanny Espinosa 2B312010------

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