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Williams to stay on schedule in rotation

Williams to stay on schedule in rotation

Williams to stay on schedule in rotation
ANAHEIM -- After playing games on 12 straight days, Monday's off-day won't affect the Angels' pitching rotation at all, manager Mike Scioscia said before Sunday's game.

When the season began, Scioscia opted to skip No. 5 starter Jerome Williams' first start because of an off-day, but he said it makes more sense now to give his pitchers an extra day of rest than to skip Williams again.

"Jerome pitched very well, and we want to keep him in the flow," Scioscia said.

After a disastrous first start against the Yankees in which Williams didn't make it through the third inning, there was speculation as to whether he had really locked down his rotation spot after Spring Training. He had an abbreviated spring because of a left hamstring injury.

Williams seemed to silence those questions with 6 2/3 solid innings against Baltimore on Friday night, during which he allowed three runs and earned his first win of the year.

But Scioscia noted he was planning to stick with Williams regardless of how he pitched on Friday.

"We have to give, especially Jerome coming off his injury, enough time to get into a groove," Scioscia said. "He pitched well for us last year. He gave us a good start, and hopefully he'll continue to move forward with that. It wasn't a do-or-die start with him where we're waiting to see."

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