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Williams credits Taiwan workload for durability

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OAKLAND -- As Jerome Williams was talking to reporters on Tuesday afternoon, a few hours after he pitched six innings of one-run ball out of the bullpen, Angels manager Mike Scioscia walked by and jokingly asked him if he would be available for that night's game.

"Hey, I've got two for you today," Williams said, without even blinking. "I'm dead serious, too."

Scioscia, of course, will stay away from Williams one night after he threw 74 pitches in a 19-inning game -- which came two days after throwing an inning of relief and five days after hurling three.

But the Angels' 31-year-old long reliever will tell you, and any coaches willing to listen, that his arm never tires. The reason? The 2010 season Williams spent in Taiwan, where his between-starts bullpen sessions required him to throw 200 pitches.

"I threw so much there, I'm used to throwing multiple days, or even taking some days off and throwing again," said Williams, who has a 2.35 ERA in 15 1/3 innings this season. "I'm used to that. Whenever they give me the ball, I'm going to throw, no matter what. No matter how long they want me to throw, no matter how short. I'm going to go out there and give 100 percent."

Williams said his arm "feels great" on Tuesday and even long-tossed from about 250 feet.

"Thank you, Taiwan," he said.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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