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Angels' Jered Weaver is suspended six games, but is appealing

Ace of the staff is penalized by Major League Baseball for throwing near the head of Detroit's Alex Avila on Sunday during a heated game, but plans to meet with league officials to argue his case. Mike Scioscia is suspended one game, which he serves Tuesday.

August 02, 2011|By Mike DiGiovanna
  • Angels starter Jered Weaver yells at players in the Tigers' dugout after being ejected from Sunday's game. Weaver was suspended six games by Major League Baseball on Tuesday.
Angels starter Jered Weaver yells at players in the Tigers' dugout… (Leon Halip / Getty Images )

There wasn't a hint of remorse or regret in the voice of Angels ace Jered Weaver, who Tuesday received a six-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for throwing at the head of Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila on Sunday.

"I wouldn't have done anything differently," said Weaver, whose purpose pitch was in response to Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen, whom Weaver felt admired home runs too long. "I'm not here to hurt anyone. I just thought I needed to make a point."

Manager Mike Scioscia, who was ejected along with Weaver on Sunday, received a one-game suspension and decided to serve it Tuesday night against the Minnesota Twins.

Weaver opted to appeal his suspension in hopes of getting it reduced, and the right-hander was under the impression he would meet with Major League Baseball officials August 9 in New York, the day the Angels begin a series against the Yankees.

If the appeal process runs into next week, Weaver would make his next start Friday night against Seattle.

"I want my voice heard in this situation," said Weaver, who is 14-5 with a 1.88 earned-run average and a leading contender for the American League Cy Young Award.

In Sunday's highly charged 3-2 loss to the Tigers, Ordonez and Guillen each lingered in the batter's box, then took their time rounding the bases after hitting home runs, Ordonez in the third inning and Guillen in the seventh.

Ordonez said he paused in the box to see whether his drive down the left-field line was fair or foul, but Weaver felt the slugger showed him up.

"I've never seen anyone stand at the plate and throw their bat when they know it's a home run," Weaver said. "He can say what he wants to say, but from a baseball standpoint, that wasn't right."

Weaver screamed obscenities at Ordonez as he rounded the bases, and that set off Guillen, who, after crushing a home run in the seventh inning, flipped his bat, posed at the plate and skipped a few steps sideways before starting toward first base.

"I think flamboyant is not too strong of a word," Scioscia said of Guillen's antics. "I think the only thing missing was the cartwheel."

Weaver was irate, which was obvious to umpire Hunter Wendelstedt, who issued warnings to both benches. Weaver ignored those, throwing his next pitch near the head of Avila. After he was ejected, Weaver gestured angrily toward Detroit's dugout.

"I'm not one who usually lets emotions get the best of me," Weaver said. "But some things cross the line, and I thought that was one of those things. I did what I did, and I have to pay for it."

Weaver didn't seem to receive much support in the Angels clubhouse after his tirade, some players suggesting privately that Weaver, caught up in the emotion of his much-hyped duel with Tigers ace Justin Verlander, overreacted to the actions of Ordonez.

"All that is stupid," Angels outfielder Torii Hunter said. "Everybody was stupid. That was unprofessional on both sides."

Did such sentiment sting Weaver?

"I didn't hear or see anything from anybody else," Weaver said, "so I have no idea what you're talking about."

Trout move

The Angels' decision to send 19-year-old outfielder Mike Trout back to double-A Arkansas instead of triple-A Salt Lake was based on competition and the fact that Arkansas, unlike Salt Lake, is assured of a postseason berth.

"There are a lot of high-end double-A pitching prospects who are throwing the ball well, and he might be facing tougher pitchers there right now," Scioscia said. "Arkansas is also going to the playoffs, and we feel that's important for the development of a player."

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