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Associated Press, Published May 01 2012

Angels' Williams shuts out Twins

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Jerome Williams earned his second major league shutout with a three-hitter and Torii Hunter homered for the fourth time in five games and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Minnesota Twins 4-0 on Tuesday night.

Williams (2-1) threw 109 pitches, striking out six and retiring 18 of his last 19 batters to finish in an economical 2 hours, 10 minutes. It was his third complete game in 81 career starts. His other shutout was on June 27, 2003 with the Giants, a seven-hitter against the Oakland Athletics at San Francisco in his sixth big league start.

The 30-year-old right-hander from Honolulu faced only one batter over the minimum before walking Denard Span with two out in the ninth. Alexi Casilla grounded into a double play after Span opened the game with a single, and Span was picked off first base to end the third. Span’s two hits extended his career-best hitting streak to 12 games.

Liriano (0-4) gave up four runs and seven hits in 5Zc innings. The left-hander surrendered five earned runs in each of his previous five appearances.

Liriano has given up 24 earned runs, 32 hits and 16 walks over 21Xc innings in his five starts, along with a 9.97 ERA. He would be 0-5 this year if the Twins hadn’t turned a 6-0 deficit into a 10-9 victory against the Angels on April 12 at Target Field – leaving him with a no-decision.

Minnesota first baseman Justin Morneau, who left Monday night’s series opener after six innings because of a sore left wrist, had an MRI in Minnesota and learned there was no structural damage – only some fluid and inflammation. The 2006 AL MVP is expected to rejoin his teammates today.

Catcher Joe Mauer, who missed his first game of the season Monday after taking a foul tip off his left knee on Sunday, was Minnesota’s designated hitter and went 0-for-3. The Twins, dealing with the uncertainty of Mauer’s knee, recalled Drew Butera for insurance and designated third baseman Sean Burroughs for assignment.

Minnesota Los Angeles

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Span cf 3 0 2 0 Trout cf 3 1 1 0

ACasill 2b 4 0 0 0 Callasp 3b 3 0 0 0

Mauer dh 3 0 0 0 Pujols 1b 4 0 0 1

Wlngh lf 3 0 0 0 TrHntr rf 2 1 2 2

Valenci 3b 3 0 0 0 Trumo dh 4 0 0 0

Doumit c 3 0 1 0 HKndrc 2b 4 1 3 1

Parmel 1b 3 0 0 0 V.Wells lf 3 0 1 0

CThms rf 3 0 0 0 Aybar ss 3 0 0 0

JCarrll ss 3 0 0 0 Iannett c 2 1 0 0

Totals 28 0 3 0 Totals 28 4 7 4

Minnesota 000 000 000— 0

Los Angeles 022 000 00x— 4

DP—Minnesota 1, Los Angeles 1. LOB—Minnesota 2, Los Angeles 5. 3B—H.Kendrick (2). HR—Tor.Hunter (4), H.Kendrick (3). SB—Trout (1). S—Callaspo.

IP H R ER BB SO

Minnesota

Liriano L,0-4 5Zc 7 4 4 3 5

Swarzak 1Xc 0 0 0 0 0

Gray 1 0 0 0 0 0

Los Angeles

Williams W,2-1 9 3 0 0 1 6

HBP—by Gray (Tor.Hunter).

T—2:10. A—30,039 (45,957).