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Williams pitching at his best down the stretch

Williams pitching at his best down the stretch


OAKLAND -- Right-hander Jerome Williams sure has picked a good time to pitch his best baseball.

Whether it's enough to stick around in the future remains to be seen.

After twirling seven innings of one-run ball against the Astros on Sunday, Williams has now won three straight starts despite giving up six runs in five innings to the Blue Jays in the middle outing.

Since Aug. 21 -- immediately following a nine-start stretch in which he went 0-6 with an 8.34 ERA -- the 31-year-old has seen the results of throwing more offspeed pitches to set up his dangerous sinker, posting a 3.74 ERA in six games (five starts) to lower his ERA to 4.65.

Like Tommy Hanson, Williams -- arbitration-eligible for a third year and slated to make roughly $3 million -- faces the possibility of being non-tendered in December.

"I'm not worried about that," Williams said. "I'm just going to try to do the things I need to do to be successful and just let everything play out. I just want to pitch to my best capabilities and let things fall out. I have no control over it, nobody does. At the end of the day, if I go out there and do my job, someone will see it and hopefully something will happen."

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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