Red Sox' Jon Lester (8IP 1H 0R 15K) tops players for Saturday, May 3

Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester is Saturday’s Player of the Day. Lester pitched eight scoreless innings, giving up just one hit and striking out 15 in the 6-3 win over the Athletics.

Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto is National League Player of the Day. Cueto struck out 10 over eight innings in the 6-2 win over the Brewers.

Joe Mauer of the Twins is American League Batter of the Day. Mauer hit a three-run homer and went 3-for-4, driving in four, in the 6-1 win over the Orioles.

Dee Gordon of the Dodgers is NL Batter of the Day. Gordon went 5-for-6 and drove in two runs in the 9-7, 11-inning win over the Marlins.

Lester receives 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day. Cueto receives 1.7 for NL Player of the Day. Mauer and Gordon 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

MLB20.0Red SoxJon Lester (W, 3-4)------8.0100215
NL10.0RedsJohnny Cueto (W, 3-2)------8.0322110
9.0TigersDrew Smyly (W, 2-1)------7.020026
9.0DbacksBrandon McCarthy (W, 1-5)------7.030016
8.1IndiansJustin Masterson (W, 1-1)------7.140016
6.1`CubsJake Arrieta------5.140027
6.0PhilliesA.J. Burnett (W, 2-1)------6.031127
BAT5.0TwinsJoe Mauer 1B423400------
3.1MarinersFernando Rodney (S, 7)------1.100002
BAT3.0DodgersDee Gordon 2B625201------
3.0RockiesCharlie Culberson PH111200------
2.0AngelsHowie Kendrick 2B524100------
2.0YankeesJacoby Ellsbury CF423111------
2.0PiratesJordy Mercer PH101200------
2.0GiantsSergio Romo (S, 9)------1.000001

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