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

Daisuke Matsuzaka, Boston Red Sox 

Dice-K gave up two runs in six innings with five strikeouts to improve to 6-3 with a 4.56 ERA.

Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants

Bumgarner gave up one run in six innings with six strikeouts to improve to 2-2 with a 2.57 ERA. He’s won his past two starts, allowing one run in 14 innings.

Andruw Jones and Gordon Beckham, Chicago White Sox

Jones went 2-for-4 with a home run (12) and 4 RBI (29). He’s hitting just .210. Beckham isn’t much better (.216) after today’s 3 for 5, two runs, one RBI performance.

Jeff Keppinger, Houston Astros

Keppinger went 3-for-5 with a run. He’s hitting .284 and has a hit in 11 of his last 13 games.

Jake Arrieta, Baltimore Orioles

Arrieta gave up one run in 6.1 innings to improve to 3-2 with a 4.38 ERA. He has allowed two run in his past two starts (12-2/3 IP).

Jerry Hairston, Jr. and Scott Hairston

Jerry went 3-for-6 with two runs (31) and one RBI (32) to raise his average to .248. Scott went 4-for-5 with a run (29) and an RBI (28) to raise his average to .241.

Vincente Padilla, Los Angeles Dodgers

Padilla allowed two hits in eight scoreless innings as he improved to 4-2 with a 4.04 ERA. He collected six strikeouts. He’s 3-1 in his last four starts with a 1.57 ERA.

Potent Middle Relievers

Sergio Romo, SF: 1-1/3 IP, 0 Runs, 2 Ks (37 Ks, 36-2/3 IP)
Nick Masset, CIN:  1-2/3 IP, 0 Runs, 3 Ks (44 Ks, 39-1/3 IP)
Grant Balfour, TB:  1 IP, o Runs, 2 Ks (38 Ks, 37-2/3 IP)
Joaquin Benoit, TB:  1 IP, 0 Runs, 2 Ks (40 Ks, 27-2/3 IP)
Kevin Jepsen, LAA:  1 IP, 0 Runs, 2 Ks (38 Ks, 20 IP)
Francisco Rodriguez, LAA:  1 IP, o Runs, 2 Ks (22 Ks, 21 IP)
Jose Veras, FL:  1 IP, 0 Runs, 2 Ks (18 Ks, 14 IP)
Andrew Cashner, CHC:  1 IP, 0 Runs, 2 Ks (15 Ks, 18-2/3 IP)

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