Yasmani Grandal of the Dodgers is Thursday’s Player of the Day.
Meanwhile, Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees earned Player of the Game honors as he hit his 661st career home run, passing Willie Mays’ mark of 660. Rodriguez also moved up to ninth place in Box-Toppers player rankings for the season.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2015 season as of May 7.
|1||Hernandez, Felix 2064||pi sp||sea al||7.7|
|2||Cole, Gerrit 3232||pi sp||pit nl||6.0|
|3||Archer, Chris 3194||pi sp||tb al||5.0|
|4||Cabrera, Miguel 1776||1b||det al||4.7|
|5||Keuchel, Dallas 3050||pi sp||hou al||4.7|
|6||Gray, Sonny 3259||pi sp||oak al||4.7|
|7||Harvey, Matt 3075||pi sp||nym nl||4.7|
|8||Stanton, Giancarlo 2737||rf||fla nl||4.5|
|9||Rodriguez, Alex||dh||nyy al||4.5|
|10||Cueto, Johnny 2400||pi sp||cin nl||4.4|
Player of the Day—Grandal hit two three-run homers and drove in eight runs, going 4-for-4 and scoring three times, in the 14-4 win over the Brewers.
American League Player of the Day—Tigers pitcher Joakim Soria struck out four over the final 1 1/3 innings, allowing no runs or hits and earning the save, in the 4-1 win over the White Sox.
American League Batter of the Day—Eric Hosmer of the Royals hit a three-run homer and went 2-for-4 with two runs in the 7-4 win over the Indians.
National League Batter of the Day—There is no separate NL Batter of the Day for Thursday since the overall Player of the Day (Yasmani Grandal of the Dodgers) was a batter from the NL.
Rankings—Alex Rodriguez rises to ninth in Box-Toppers player rankings after earning Player of the Game in the Yankees’ 4-3 win over the Orioles (HR 2-3 R 2BI). Rodriguez earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 4.5 for the season. Rodriguez already has more Box-Toppers points this season than he did in 2013 (3.0) and as many as he had in all of 2012 (4.5). In 2011, he had 4.7 points and in 2010, he had 13.7, the last time he had 10.0 or more in a season.
In the game, Rodriguez moved to fourth place on the all-time home run list with his 661st home run, passing Willie Mays (660). Rodriguez now has 183.8 career Box-Toppers points, ranked fourth among all players since record keeping began in 1995 and first among all batters during that time.
Notables—Two players had notable Box-Toppers achievements Thursday:
- Dan Haren of the Marlins became the second pitcher this season to earn Player of the Game honors for batting. Haren (2B 2-3 2R 2BI in the 7-2 win over the Giants) also pitched seven innings and picked up the win. It is the third time in his career he has earned Player of the Game honors for batting—he last did it June 14, 2014. Haren earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 2.0 for the season and 110.2 for his career. With the point, he rises to 49th among all players since Box-Toppers record keeping began in 1995, passing Jeff Kent (109.7) on that list.
- Cardinals pitcher John Lackey becomes the 66th player to earn 100 or more Box-Toppers points after he earned Player of the Game honors Thursday (7.2IP R 10K W in the 5-1 win over the Cubs). Lackey earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 100.8 for his career. He moves to 62nd place among all players (since record keeping began in 1995) and passes four players on that list—Aramis Ramirez (100.8), Paul Konerko (100.7), Jeff Bagwell (100.4) and Larry Walker (100.1). Lackey’s career 100.8 Box-Toppers points ranks 13th among active pitchers currently in the NL.
Debut—Rangers pitcher Alex Claudio made his Box-Toppers debut Thursday, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. Claudio (1.1IP 0R 0H 2K W in the 5-4 win over the Rays) made his Major League debut Aug. 13, 2014, and was playing in his 21st career game. He is the 3,459th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.
Scoring—Grandal earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Soria earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day. Hosmer earns 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being AL Batter of the Day. All of Thursday’s other Players of the Game (listed in the chart below) earn 1.0 Box-Toppers point.
About Box-Toppers—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. In regular season games, players earn 1.0 Box-Toppers point 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
|MLB||11.0||Dodgers||Yasmani Grandal C||4||3||4||8||2||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|9.2||Cardinals||John Lackey (W, 2-1)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.2||5||1||1||1||10|
|9.0||Dbacks||Rubby De La Rosa (W, 3-2)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||3||0||0||2||7|
|AL||5.1||Tigers||Joakim Soria (S, 11)||-||-||-||-||-||-||1.1||0||0||0||0||4|
|3.1||Rangers||Alex Claudio (W, 1-0)||-||-||-||-||-||-||1.1||0||0||0||0||2|
|BAT||3.0||Royals||Eric Hosmer 1B||4||2||2||3||1||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||Marlins||Dan Haren P||3||2||2||2||0||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.1||Twins||Glen Perkins (S, 10)||-||-||-||-||-||-||1.1||0||0||0||0||1|
|2.0||Pirates||Andrew McCutchen CF||4||2||3||1||1||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||Yankees||Alex Rodriguez DH||3||1||2||2||0||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|`Denotes that the pitcher had a no-decision in the game and did not pick up a win or a save.|