• Prior to Tuesday's game, Williams was told he'd start the following day against the Rangers. Following the game, though, Scioscia informed him he was instead starting with rookie Roth, who wound up exiting in a fourth inning that saw the Rangers plate nine runs.
Williams, who hurled three scoreless frame to end the game, didn't take offense to the late change, saying: "It's not going to discourage me or anything. All I have to do is go out there and perform and do my job. ... I'm here to help out the team in any way possible. If that means coming out of the bullpen to help out, I'll help out. All I can control is what I do on the mound, and lately that's what I've been doing."
• Right-handed relief pitcher Elvin Ramirez cleared waivers on Thursday and was outrighted to Salt Lake, putting the Angels' 40-man roster at 39. Ramirez, acquired from the Mets for cash in late March, has given up 11 runs (nine earned) in eight innings to start the season in Triple-A.
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