Dodgers' Kershaw tops players for Friday, May 23; White Sox' Ramirez takes AL batting lead in Box-Toppers points

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw is Friday’s Player of the Day. Kershaw pitched six scoreless innings and struck out nine in the 2-0 win over the Phillies.

Kershaw, the 2013 overall Box-Toppers points leader with 21.7, earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 5.0 for the season. He is currently in 19th place in Box-Toppers player rankings and ninth among National League pitchers.

Rays pitcher Chris Archer is American League Player of the Day. Archer pitched six scoreless innings and struck out 11 in the 1-0 win over the Red Sox. Archer did not pick up the win because he left the game with the score tied 0-0.

Chris Davis of the Orioles is AL Batter of the Day. Davis hit a two-run homer and a two-run double in the 8-4 win over the Indians.

Carlos Gomez of the Brewers is NL Batter of the Day. Gomez went 4-for-5, scored twice and drove in two runs in the 9-5 win over the Marlins.

Notable: Alexei Ramirez rises to first place among AL batters in Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors Friday. Ramirez (3-for-4, HR in 6-5 win over the Yankees) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 5.5 for the season. He moves into 16th place among all players in Box-Toppers player rankings and first place among AL batters. He passes previous leader Chris Colabello of the Twins (5.2 Box-Toppers points).

Kershaw receives 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day. Archer receives 1.7 for NL Player of the Day. Davis and Gomez each receive 1.5 for being top Batter of the Day in their league.

All of Friday’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

MLB10.0DodgersClayton Kershaw (W, 3-1)------6.020039
9.0MarinersFelix Hernandez (W, 6-1)------8.051119
AL9.0`RaysChris Archer------6.0400411
7.0PadresTim Stauffer (W, 2-0)------5.020015
BAT5.0OriolesChris Davis 1B322411------
4.0BravesCraig Kimbrel (S, 13)------1.000003
BAT3.0BrewersCarlos Gomez CF524200------
3.0TigersIan Kinsler 2B433100------
2.2GiantsJean Machi (S, 2)------1.200001
2.0White SoxAlexei Ramirez SS413200------
2.0RedsTodd Frazier 3B412301------
2.0AngelsErick Aybar SS322110------
1.0Blue JaysSteve Tolleson 2B311200------
1.0PiratesJason Grilli (S, 5)------1.000011

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