Garrett Richards beats out Jerome Williams

July, 21, 2012
7/21/12
12:53
PM PT
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:

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

Angels
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

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
C.J. Wilson
WINS ERA SO IP
2 4.21 28 25
OTHER LEADERS
BAM. Trout .319
HRA. Pujols 6
RBIA. Pujols 14
RM. Trout 14
OPSM. Trout 1.019
ERAG. Richards 2.84
SOC. Wilson 28