Mariners' Hisashi Iwakuma (8IP 0R 7K) tops players for Thursday, May 8

Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma is Thursday’s Player of the Day. Iwakuma pitched eight shutout innings and struck out seven in the 1-0 win over the Royals.

Marlins pitcher A.J. Ramos is National League Player of the Day. Ramos pitched two innings of middle relief, striking out three and picking up the win, in the 3-1, 11-inning win over the Padres.

Asdrubal Cabrera of the Indians is American League Batter of the Day. Cabrera homered, went 4-for-5 and drove in three runs in the 9-4 win over the Twins.

Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs is NL Batter of the Day. Rizzo doubled, homered and went 3-for-5 in the 12-5 win over the White Sox.

Iwakuma receives 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day. Ramos receives 1.7 for NL Player of the Day. Cabrera and Rizzo each receive 1.5 for being top Batter of the Day in their league.

All of Thursday’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

MLB11.0MarinersHisashi Iwakuma (W, 2-0)------8.040007
4.2AstrosDallas Keuchel (W, 3-2)------7.262207
BAT4.0IndiansAsdrubal Cabrera SS524301------
4.0Blue JaysEdwin Encarnacion 1B423300------
NL4.0MarlinsA.J. Ramos (W, 3-0)------2.000013
3.1GiantsSantiago Casilla (W, 1-0)------1.100002
BAT3.0CubsAnthony Rizzo 1B533211------
1.0OriolesSteve Pearce 1B412201------
1.0RangersAlex Rios RF212020------