- Calvin Watkins, ESPN Staff Writer
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NEW YORK -- The Rangers named Jerome Williams as their starter for Friday's game against the Oakland A's. The club will make a corresponding roster move Friday to clear a spot for Williams.
Williams was 0-1 with a 6.10 ERA for Triple-A Round Rock. In his last start July 18 vs. Iowa, he allowed four runs on nine hits in six innings of work with three strikeouts in a loss. Opponents are hitting .348 against him with three home runs in 10 1/3 innings.
The move was necessary after the club deemed Nick Tepesch wouldn't be able to start Friday after being used as an emergency reliever in Tuesday night's 14-inning loss to the Yankees.
"We got to keep what we got in the bullpen," manager Ron Washington said. "We signed him (Williams) and take a look at him and he's ready to go."
The Rangers didn't want to insert a reliever into a spot-starting situation. Scott Baker had also been considered a possibility.
Williams was signed by the Rangers on July 11 and assigned to Round Rock after he was released by the Houston Astros. He was 1-4 with a 6.04 ERA as a reliever this season for Houston. In his career, Williams is 43-51 with a 4.45 ERA. His last start came against the Rangers while he was pitching for the Los Angeles Angels in September of 2012. He lost a 6-5 decision.
"He's a (right-hander), can sink the ball pretty good and he can run it in on right-handers, got a good breaking ball and we'll see what he has to offer," Washington said.