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Before Jered Weaver has an appeal of his six-game suspension

heard, the AL’s ERA leader looks to dominate the Seattle Mariners

once more.

Weaver tries to rebound from his first loss in more than two

months as the Los Angeles Angels open a three-game series against

the resurgent Mariners on Friday night.

The two-time All-Star was suspended Tuesday for firing a pitch

over the head of Detroit’s Alex Avila in the Angels’ 3-2 loss

Sunday. Weaver and Avila were the starting battery for the AL in

last month’s Midsummer Classic.

Weaver (14-5, 1.88 ERA) was upset by Carlos Guillen after he

showboated on a solo homer that gave the Tigers a 3-0 lead in the

seventh inning.

“Baseball’s a game of emotions, and I’m not one to let my

emotions get the best of me,” he said. “I’ve had a pretty calm

career so far, but there are just some things that kind of cross

the line. I thought that was one of those things, and I didn’t want

to sit back and take that.”

Weaver, who has allowed a combined two runs in his last three

games at Angel Stadium, will have his appeal reviewed next week

while the team is in New York for a series with the Yankees.

“I wanted my voice heard a little bit on the situation and how

it went down, see what they feel about it and go from there,” he

said.

Before Sunday’s defeat, Weaver had been 8-0 with a 1.28 ERA in

his previous 12 starts following a loss to the Mariners on May 18.

He’s faced Seattle twice since that game and threw complete games

in both, tossing a five-hitter in a 4-0 road win June 14 and a

six-hitter in a 5-1 victory July 7 in Anaheim.

Weaver is 6-1 with a 1.22 ERA in his last nine outings versus

the Mariners, and the Angels have won all 10 home games he’s

started against them.

The right-hander follows Dan Haren, who allowed a run in eight

innings in a 7-1 win over Minnesota on Thursday as Los Angeles

stayed within one game of AL West-leading Texas.

Mark Trumbo homered, doubled and drove in four runs for the

Angels (61-51). Trumbo, who leads all rookies with 21 homers, has

gone deep in each of his last three games against Seattle.

The Angels have won four straight and six of seven from the

Mariners (48-62), who have bounced back from a franchise-record

17-game slide by taking five of seven.

Seattle completed a three-game sweep of Oakland with a 7-4

victory Wednesday. Charlie Furbush allowed two hits over five

innings in his Mariners debut and Casper Wells had two of the

team’s 14 hits.

Furbush and Wells were acquired from Detroit at the trade

deadline.

“It seems like there’s some kind chemistry building within the

team since I’ve been here,” said Wells, who had two RBIs.

“Everyone’s kind of feeding off each other. Guys are getting hits

in there, it’s contagious. Pitchers are doing are great job. That’s

when the wins come in.”

Seattle’s Jason Vargas (6-10, 4.19) will try to begin August by

ending a long losing streak.

The left-hander went 0-5 with a 6.84 ERA in his final five

starts of July after yielding six runs in 5 1-3 innings of Sunday’s

8-1 loss to Tampa Bay.

Vargas outdueled Weaver on May 18, striking out nine in seven

innings of a 3-0 victory, but lost to the Angels on June 13 as he

gave up five runs in seven innings of a 6-3 defeat.