Here’s a look at the unheralded players who played well yesterday.

Adrian Beltre, Boston Red Sox
Beltre continues to produce for the Sox. He went 3-for-5 to raise his average to .338.

Miguel Tejada, Baltimore Orioles
Tejada was the difference maker going 3-for-4 with two runs, a home run, and three RBIs. He’s hitting .293.

Austin Jackson, Detroit Tigers (pictured)
Jackson really is in a groove. He went 5-for-5 with two runs and a stolen base to raise his average to .364.


Rod Barajas, New York Mets
Barajas went 3-for-4 with three runs, two home runs, and three RBIs. He’s hitting .227, but has five HRs and 11 RBIs.

Jonathon Niese, New York Mets
Niese went seven innings allowing one run on four hits with seven Ks. He improved to 1-1 with a 3.10 ERA.

Alex Gonzalez, Toronto Blue Jays
Gonzalez continues to shine for the Jays. He went 2-for-3 with two HRs and four RBIs. He’s hitting .289 with seven HRs and 19 RBIs.

Brandon Morrow, Toronto Blue Jays
Morrow proved me wise for picking him as a streaming option . He gave up two runs in six innings with nine Ks. He improve to 2-2 while lowering his ERA to 5.46.

Scott Olsen, Washington Nationals
Olsen went six scoreless innings against Florida to improve to 2-1 with a 4.35 ERA.

Brian Bannister, Kansas City Royals
Bannister got a no-decision, but he still pitched a gem. He gave up one run on two hits in seven innings to lower his ERA to 3.48.

Barry Zito, San Francisco Giants
You don’t hear quite as many cracks about Zito’s contract anymore. Not after giving up two runs on five hits with five Ks in eight innings to improve to 4-0 with a 1.53 ERA.

Clayton Richard, San Diego Padres
Richard gave up four hits in six scoreless innings to improve to 1-2 with a 3.00 ERA. He struck out eight batters.

Colby Lewis, Texas Rangers
Colby got a no-decision despite throwing nine scoreless innings against the Mariners. He gave up three hits and one walk while striking out 10. He lowered his ERA to 2.75.

Potent Middle Relievers:
Brian Stokes, Los Angeles Angels:  1 IP, 0 Runs, 2 Ks (12 Ks, 11-1/3 IP)
Ryan Perry, Detroit Tigers:  1-2/3 IP, 0 Runs, 2 Ks (10 Ks, 10-1/3 IP) 
Jason Frasor, Toronto Blue Jays:  1 IP, 0 Runs, 2 Ks (13 Ks, 9-2/3 IP)
Tyler Clippard, Washington Nationals:  1-1/3 IP, 0 Runs, 3 Ks (23 Ks, 18 IP)
Clay Hensley, Florida Marlins:  3 IP, 0 Runs, 7 Ks (21 Ks, 12-2/3 IP) 
Carlos Villanueva, Milwaukee Brewers:  1 IP, 0 Runs, 2 Ks (17 Ks, 12-2/3 IP)
Mike Adams, San Diego Padres:  1 IP, 0 Runs, 2 Ks (11 Ks, 9 IP)

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