Matchup: Colby Lewis vs. Jerome Williams
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Williams (5-1, 3.81 ERA): He has quality starts in seven of his last eight outings. ... He was 4-1 with a 3.16 ERA in six May starts, including a victory in his last one. He allowed three runs on five hits in six innings at Seattle. ... The only time Williams didn't have a quality start in that span came against the Rangers in Arlington, when he gave up six runs on 11 hits in 6 2/3 innings, though that wasn't technically a start. Williams came in for C.J. Wilson after the rain and wasn't able to match Yu Darvish.
Hitters: Adrian Beltre is 5-for-10 with a homer and three RBIs off Williams. ... Nelson Cruz is 5-for-6 (.833) with two homers and six RBIs. ... The only hitter who doesn't have success off Williams is Elvis Andrus, who is 0-for-5. ... Peter Bourjos is 5-for-16 with a triple against Lewis. ... Torii Hunter is just 2-for-16 and Howie Kendrick 3-for-17 off Lewis.
Sat at LAA: RHP Yu Darvish (7-2, 3.25 ERA) vs. LHP C.J. Wilson (6-4, 2.77 ERA), 9:05 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
Sun at LAA: LHP Matt Harrison (6-3, 4.41 ERA) vs. RHP Dan Haren (3-5, 3.52 ERA), 2:35 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW
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