Nationals' Tanner Roark (CG 0R 8K) tops players for Saturday, April 26

Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark is Saturday’s Player of the Day. Roark pitched a complete game shutout and struck out eight in the 4-0 win over the Padres.

Twins pitcher Phil Hughes is American League Player of the Day. Hughes allowed two runs over seven innings and struck out six in the 5-3 win over the Tigers.

John Ryan Murphy of the Yankees is AL Batter of the Day. Murphy went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs in the 4-3 win over the Angels. This was Murphy’s Box-Toppers debut, the first time he has earned Player of the Game honors. He is the 3,321st player to debut on Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.

Carlos Ruiz of the Phillies is National League Batter of the Day. Ruiz went 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI in the 6-5 win over the Diamondbacks. It is the second time in three days that Ruiz has been NL Batter of the Day—he also earned that honor Thursday.

Roark receives 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day. Hughes receives 1.7 for NL Player of the Day. Murphy and Ruiz each receive 1.5 for being top Batter of the Day in their league.

All of Saturday’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

MLB13.0NationalsTanner Roark (W, 2-0)------9.030018
6.2BrewersMarco Estrada (W, 2-1)------7.243309
6.0BravesDavid Hale (W, 1-0)------8.021124
AL6.0TwinsPhil Hughes (W, 2-1)------7.042106
6.0MarlinsMike Dunn (W, 2-3)------2.000004
4.0`RaysBrandon Gomes------3.000001
BAT3.0YankeesJohn Ryan Murphy C312300------
3.0Red SoxA.J. Pierzynski C311410------
2.2AstrosRaul Valdes (S, 1)------0.200002
BAT2.0PhilliesCarlos Ruiz C423110------
2.0DodgersAdrian Gonzalez 1B312200------
2.0GiantsGregor Blanco PH111100------
2.0RangersAaron Poreda (W, 1-0)------2.010012
1.1OriolesZach Britton (W, 3-0)------0.100001
1.0PiratesJose Tabata RF413100------

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