Jered Weaver suspended six games, fined for throwing at Alex Avila


Major League Baseball just suspended Jered Weaver for six games and fined him an undisclosed amount for intentionally throwing a pitch at Alex Avila during thebottom of the seventh inning of Sunday’s crazy-fest between the Angels and the Tigers. This is the same punishment that Carlos Carrasco got for throwing at Billy Butler on Friday.

I think it’s too light, by the way.  They miss, what, one start?  After doing something that could seriously injure someone or even kill them?  Sheesh.  Weaver can appeal if he wants to, but I hope he just takes his time out like a big boy.

Mike Scioscia was suspended for a game too, as automatically happens in these situations.  I’m guessing he wasn’t too happy with Weaver himself, but that’s how it goes.  He can’t appeal, so he has to sit out tonight’s game.

Court adjourned.

Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for Red Sox

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No surprise here: Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for the Red Sox, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox open the season on March 29 in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Sale will oppose Chris Archer.

Sale, 28, is the fifth different Opening Day starter the Red Sox have had in as many years, preceded by Rick Porcello, David Price, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester. Sale started on Opening Day for the White Sox in 2013, ’14, and ’16.

Sale finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year and finished ninth for AL MVP. He went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a 308/43 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strike out 300 or more batters in a season dating back to 2003.