The Angels' Jerome Williams threw behind Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler in the fifth inning on Friday night, causing a warning from home-plate umpire Bob Davidson. Williams insisted he wasn't trying to hit Kinsler or send a message, saying: "It just got away from me. ... I wasn't trying to hit him. I just wanted to establish trying to get the fastballs in because I was going away from my strengths, and I was going away to hitters. I just wanted to try to throw something in."
Veteran reliever LaTroy Hawkins was back in the Angels' clubhouse on Friday, nursing a splint on the broken right pinkie that currently has him on the disabled list. Hawkins, who hurt the pinkie while making the last out on May 6, doesn't expect to return when eligible, but he is confident his recovery won't take as long as the estimated six to eight weeks.
What can he do in the meantime?
"Run, do shoulder exercises, that's it," the 39-year-old said. "[I'm] going crazy, watching baseball on TV and I can't pitch because of my pinkie. That [stinks]. Believe me. Not my shoulder, not my elbow, my pinkie. But, you don't know how much you need it until it's broken."
The Angels recently released Minor League left-hander Trevor Reckling. Reckling, 22, posted a 3.93 ERA in 17 starts for Double-A Arkansas last year, but he was shut down with elbow problems, then struggled mightily at the start of 2012 -- giving up 19 runs (14 earned), 15 walks and five hit batters in 6 2/3 innings for Class A Inland Empire.
Heading into Friday, the Angels and Rangers had met exactly 600 times, with the Angels leading the all-time series, 313-287.