Former Cy Young Award winner Jack McDowell, who failed in his attempt to make a comeback from elbow and shoulder surgery, was placed on unconditional release waivers yesterday by the Angels.

The 33-year-old right-hander, who joined the Angels as a free agent in February 1998 and re-signed for this season, was 0-4 with an 8.05 earned run average in four starts. He began the season on the disabled list and wasn't activated until July 23.

The 13-year veteran and three-time all-star led the White Sox to the 1993 AL West title with a league-leading and career-high 22 victories -- joining Early Wynn and LaMarr Hoyt as the only White Sox pitchers to win the Cy Young Award. He has a 127-87 career record with 62 complete games and a 3.85 ERA. . . .

The Indians put RHP Jaret Wright on the 15-day disabled list with a strained muscle in his upper back.

SUSPENDED: Mariners RHP Frankie Rodriguez was suspended for seven games, and Yankees RHP Jason Grimsley for three for their roles in a brawl.

Rodriguez was penalized for throwing at and hitting Chuck Knoblauch with a pitch in the ninth inning of the Yankees' 11-8 win Friday night, for using obscene language and for fighting.

Grimsley was suspended for throwing at and hitting Edgar Martinez the previous inning after Alex Rodriguez had homered.

HONORS: Devil Rays 3B Wade Boggs and Athletics SS Miguel Tejada were named players of the week.