Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka (CG 0R 8K) tops players for Wednesday, May 14, rises to 2nd in Box-Toppers player rankings

Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, Wednesday’s Player of the Day, rises to second place in Box-Toppers season player rankings and is now the top-ranked American League pitcher.

Tanaka pitched a complete game shutout, allowing four hits and striking out eight, in the 4-0 win over the Mets. He earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 7.7 for the season. He passes Max Scherzer of the Tigers (6.7 Box-Toppers points) to lead AL pitchers in player rankings. He trails only Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies (9.1 Box-Toppers points), the overall leader. (See the updated top 10 player rankings for the season on the home page.)

Nationals pitcher Doug Fister is National League Player of the Day. Fister struck out six over seven innings, allowing only one run, in the 5-1 win over the Diamondbacks.

Hunter Pence of the Giants is NL Batter of the Day. Pence homered and went 4-for-5, driving in three runs, in the 10-4 win over the Braves.

David Ortiz of the Red Sox is American League Batter of the Day. Ortiz homered twice and went 3-for-5 in the 9-4 win over the Twins.

Tanaka receives 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day. Fister receives 1.7 for NL Player of the Day. Pence and Ortiz 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

MLB13.0YankeesMasahiro Tanaka (W, 6-0)------9.040008
10.0AngelsGarrett Richards (W, 4-0)------7.050008
10.0RaysJake Odorizzi (W, 2-3)------6.010027
7.0IndiansCorey Kluber (W, 4-3)------7.042219
NL6.0`NationalsDoug Fister------7.051106
6.0`PiratesFrancisco Liriano------6.041117
4.2RoyalsJason Vargas (W, 4-1)------6.252218
BAT4.0GiantsHunter Pence RF524300------
BAT3.0Red SoxDavid Ortiz DH533201------
3.0MarlinsJeff Mathis C422310------
2.1White SoxRonald Belisario (W, 2-3)------1.100001
2.0AstrosDexter Fowler CF323020------
1.0TigersBryan Holaday C422101------

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