Garrett Richards beats out Jerome Williams

ANAHEIM -- The Angels picked rookie Garrett Richards to stay in the rotation next week and will use Jerome Williams out of the bullpen for the next week at least, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Saturday.

Richards is 3-1 with a 3.53 ERA in seven starts. Williams (6-7, 4.85) has allowed 10 earned runs and four home runs in the two starts since he came off the disabled list, where he spent nearly a month after experiencing breathing problems after a start against the San Francisco Giants.

"The ball's up, it's been flat at times. He's pitched around the zone at times and then when he's tried to come after guys, he's been hit hard," Scioscia said. "Jerome pitched some great baseball with us, but right now the decision made is pretty clear."

Richards will start Tuesday night's game against the Kansas City Royals.

Here are Saturday's lineups against first-place Texas:


Ian Kinsler 2B

Elvis Andrus SS

Josh Hamilton LF

Adrian Beltre 3B

Michael Young 1B

Nelson Cruz RF

Mike Napoli DH

Yorvit Torrealba C

Craig Gentry CF


Mike Trout CF

Torii Hunter RF

Albert Pujols 1B

Mark Trumbo LF

Kendrys Morales DH

Alberto Callaspo 3B

Howie Kendrick 2B

Erick Aybar SS

John Hester C