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Jerome Williams becomes the 29th Texas pitcher to appear in a game in 2014, and the 31st player to take the mound if you include Chris Gimenez and Mitch Moreland, in his Ranger debut.

Williams makes a spot start as Nick Tepesch was scratched from his scheduled start Friday as a precaution after throwing in relief on Tuesday in New York.

'If push came to shove I could've thrown tonight,' Tepesch said. 'But [pushing me back a day] was mutually beneficial.'

So will Williams' spot start be his only one in a Ranger uniform?

'That's a tough question to answer,' manager Ron Washington said. 'The way our rotation is, if he goes out there and pitches well you never know.

'I'm not putting in his head that it's a one-time thing, I just told him to pitch his game and we'll see where it goes. It's more of an opportunity than anything.'

Williams, a 32-year-old journeyman, suits up for his sixth MLB team Friday night. The only team he has faced more than the Rangers is the Oakland Athletics, Friday's opponent. He has faced the A's in 16 games, and faced the Rangers 15 times (tied with Seattle for second-most appearances against a single team).

It may be a good thing Williams is wearing the Ranger red, white and blue (white jerseys and blue caps, to be specific), as Texas has a .317 batting average against him over his nine-year career.

'There were days when we got to him and there were days when he got to us,' Washington said. 'I'm just hoping this is one of those days where he gets to the Oakland A's.'

Williams is a combined 41-47 with a 4.69 ERA in his career as a starter.

Friday's roster moves

  • Rookie outfielder Jake Smolinski was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a bone bruise in his left foot. His DL stint is retroactive to July 22.
  • The Rangers officially purchased Williams's contract from Triple-A Round Rock so he could make Friday's start. The 40-man roster move to accompany his promotion was the release of Justin Marks, who was on the Triple A roster.
  • Left-handed pitcher Joseph Ortiz was activated from the 60-day disabled list and optioned to Double-A Frisco. Ortiz had been on the DL with a fractured foot before beginning rehab last week. Kevin Kouzmanoff was moved to the 60-day DL to make room for Ortiz on the 40-man roster.
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