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Williams dominates in three-hit shutout

Going 2-0 with a 1.99 ERA in his last three starts, Angels hurler Jerome Williams can pinpoint his success with a very simple answer.

"Throw strikes. That's it. Throw strikes," Williams said. "Just continuing to get ahead in the count."

The right-hander will try to do just that on Sunday against the Blue Jays in the series finale at Angel Stadium.

Williams was magnificent on Tuesday against the Twins, tossing his first shutout since 2003, in which he gave up only three hits. Tallying his second win of the season, Williams lowered his ERA to 3.55.

"I just want to repeat it. That's all. I just want to repeat what I did," Williams said. "Not be overamped or get overboard with it. Just stay within myself and do the same things I've been doing."

He'll be up against Toronto right-hander Drew Hutchison, who worked a career-high six innings in his last start.

Getting a no-decision against the Rangers on Tuesday, the 21-year-old rookie surrendered six runs (five earned) on seven hits. He also struck out five and walked two in a 8-7 Blue Jays win.

"The line score is going to say six runs, five earned in six innings," manager John Farrell said of Hutchison after the game. "But the last four innings, he gave us a chance to stay in the game. His effort tonight was a pivotal one in this game."

Blue Jays: Davis returns to lineup
Rajai Davis made his return on Saturday night after suffering a left hip flexor injury earlier in the week. He finished 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

Davis had been out since being removed in the fourth inning of Wednesday's game. He was cleared to play Friday night but was given an extra day.

"He has bounced back from the slight strain that he felt the other night," said Farrell.

Angels: Pujols given night off
In a major slump, Albert Pujols was out of manager Mike Scioscia's lineup for the first time on Saturday.

Pujols is batting .194, hasn't homered in 108 at-bats and hasn't had a multihit game since April 19.

"Just a little breather," Scioscia said. "Sometimes you're grinding, and there's nobody that grinds harder than Albert. Just giving him a refresh day. Don't pick up a bat, just get ready to get back here tomorrow."

• Angels catcher Chris Iannetta was out of the Angels' starting lineup for the third straight game on Saturday, due to lingering soreness on his right hand/wrist area after being hit by a pitch on Wednesday.

Worth noting
• Farrell said that veteran infielder Omar Vizquel might receive his first start of the season at shortstop on Sunday. Vizquel has appeared in just five games this season.

• The Angels dealt Minor League relief pitcher Loek Van Mil to the Indians on Saturday in exchange for future considerations, which will likely end up being cash. Comments