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Angels' Jered Weaver scratched from start with illness

May 1, 2011 |  8:06 am

Jered-weaver2+225 Jered Weaver was scratched from his scheduled start Sunday in Tampa Bay. Rookie Tyler Chatwood, who was scheduled to start Monday in Boston, will take Weaver's place.

Illness was believed to be the reason for Weaver being scratched, though the right-hander has thrown 681 pitches -- third most in the majors -- and averaged 113 pitches in his six starts this season. He averaged 109 pitches in 34 starts last season and would have been pitching with an extra day of rest Sunday.

Weaver, 6-0 with a 0.99 earned-run average, leads the majors in wins and tops the American League in strikeouts (49) and opponents' batting average (1.63) in 45 2/3 innings. He threw his fifth career shutout in his last start, making him just the fourth pitcher in history to go 6-0 before May 1.

-- Kevin Baxter in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Photo: Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver reacts to a catch by center fielder Peter Bourjos during a victory over the Texas Rangers last week. Credit: Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press