MLB notes: Weaver, Scioscia suspended

Jered Weaver of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim yells into the Tigers dugout after being throw...

Jered Weaver of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim yells into the Tigers dugout after being throw out of the game for throwing a pitch close to Alex Avila of the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on July 31, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Leon Halip/Getty Images/AFP)

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Los Angeles Angels star pitcher Jered Weaver was suspended six games Tuesday for intentionally throwing at Alex Avila's head Sunday against the Detroit Tigers.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia was suspended one game.

Weaver will appeal to Major League Baseball.

After giving up a home run to Carlos Guillen in the seventh inning, Weaver threw his next pitch at Avila, who ducked out of the way. The incensed Angels right-hander immediately was ejected by umpire Hunter Wendelstedt.

Weaver seemed to be running hot from the outset on a sunny, steamy afternoon in Detroit.

In the third inning he took issue with Magglio Ordonez after the 37-year-old hit a two-run homer. Weaver claimed that Ordonez, who paused to see whether the ball was fair or foul, didn't circle the bases quickly enough.

Weaver shouted at Ordonez to run, to which the Tigers outfielder replied that he couldn't move any faster and added jokingly that he risked a heart attack in the heat.

Wright continued to chirp at the Tigers veteran, which annoyed Guillen in the dugout.

When Guillen homered in the seventh, he stared at Wright and scampered sideways up the first-base line.

Weaver was immediately warned by the umpire, but his next pitch went over Avila's head, and Weaver was ejected.

Yanks set for new Marlins home

The Florida Marlins will host the New York Yankees for two exhibition games next April in their new ball park.

Construction of the 37,000-seat, retractable-roof stadium on the site of the old Orange Bowl began in July 2009 and is about three-quarters complete.

The Yankees and Marlins will play April 1-2.

Rhodes closed out

Veteran left-hander Arthur Rhodes, 41, was designated for assignment Tuesday by the Texas Rangers to make room for newly acquired reliever Mike Adams on the 25-man roster.

Rhodes made 32 relief appearances for the Rangers this season, going 3-3 with a 4.81 ERA, after signing a one-year contract worth $1.4 million. He broke into the majors with Baltimore in 1991

Adams, 33, a right-hander, was 3-1 with a 1.13 ERA in 48 games with the San Diego Padres before being traded Sunday for two prospects.

Strasburg returns soon

Stephen Strasburg, who hasn't pitched since Sept. 3 after having Tommy John surgery, likely will make a rehab start within 10 days, the Washington Post reports.

The Washington Nationals sensation likely will pitch for a single-A team in Hagerstown or Potomac and return to the majors in September.

Strasburg, 23, was 5-3 with a 2.91 ERA as a rookie in 2010.

Nats recall pitcher

The Washington Nationals recalled pitcher Collin Balester Tuesday.

The reliever has appeared in eight games for the Nationals this season, with a 1-1 record and a 4.61 ERA.

The Nats optioned pitcher Atahualpa Severino to triple-A Syracuse to make room for Balester.

Severino was called up from Syracuse on Saturday, but did not appear in a game. He has yet to make his major league debut.


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