The Angels built some symmetry into their 2014 schedule, opening the season March 31 at home against the Seattle Mariners and ending the season with three games in Seattle Sept. 26-28.
That’s a marked change from 2013, when the Angels began the season on the road in Cincinnati with a historic season-opening interleague series against the Reds.
After a six-game road swing through Houston and Seattle, the Angels will return home on April 11 for their first interleague series of the year, a three-game set against the New York Mets.
The Angels also play interleague series against the Nationals (in Washington), Phillies (in Philadelphia), Braves (in Atlanta), Dodgers (two in Los Angeles, two in Anaheim Aug. 4-8), Phillies again (at home on Aug. 12-13) and Marlins (at home).
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Infielder Taylor Lindsey, catcher Jett Bandy, outfielder Zach Borenstein and pitchers R.J. Alvarez, Cam Bedrosian, Mike Morin and Michael Roth are the other Angels scheduled to play for the Mesa Solar Sox. Bill Richardson, who is currently managing the Angels’ Pioneer League affiliate in Orem, Utah, will manage the club.
Roth made his major-league debut earlier this season and has appeared in 15 games (one start) with the Angels. Cron entered the 2013 season as the Angels’ third-ranked prospect by Baseball America, Lindsey seventh and Alvarez eighth. Borenstein was recently named MVP of the California League and sang the national anthem at an Inland Empire 66ers game.
The Mesa roster will be comprised of prospects from the Angels, A’s, Cubs, Nationals and Tigers organizations and will play its home games at Hohokam Stadium. The Arizona Fall League season begins Oct. 8.
The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that outfielder Brandon Bayardi, the Angels’ 36th-round draft pick out of UNLV in 2012, has been suspended 50 games without pay for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
Bayardi, who is on the roster of the rookie-level Orem Owls of the Pioneer League, tested positive for Methylhexaneamine. The 22-year-old was hitting .252/.310/.394 with five home runs in 37 games for Orem.
Mike Trout was removed in the fifth inning of the Angels’ game against the Houston Astros on Sunday with tightness in his right hamstring.
Update: “It’s all right. I’m just sore,” Trout told reporters after the game. “It’s not like it popped or anything. It was just a little grabbing, so it shouldn’t be too serious. … I’ll see how it is tomorrow. I came out just because I didn’t want it to get worse. It’s definitely frustrating when you can’t be out there. For me as a speed guy, I’ve got to take care of my legs.”
Trout has reached base safely in 40 consecutive games and is second in the American League in batting average at .333.
Dontrelle Willis made an impressive debut in his return to organized baseball Tuesday, shutting out the Albuquerque Isotopes in his first start for Triple-A Salt Lake.
Willis allowed three hits, walked one batter, hit another and struck out five. With a bright orange glove, a fastball in the 86-88 mph range, and his trademark high leg kick, Willis needed only 80 pitches (52 went for strikes) to complete six innings against the Isotopes, who had scored 15 runs their previous two games.
The Angels signed the 31-year-old left-hander to a minor-league deal out of the independent Atlantic League on August 4.
Mike Trout grounded out in his first at-bat Monday by hitting the ball to New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez. Who knows who would have fielded the baseball if his preferred penalties for known steroid users were in effect.
Trout told a New York radio station Monday morning that he would support lifetime bans for players who were caught using performance-enhancing drugs.
“To me personally, I think you should be out of the game if you get caught,” Trout told WFAN’s Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton. “It takes away from the guys that are working hard every day and doing it all natural.”
Last week, Rodriguez was suspended 211 games — the remainder of this season and all of 2014 — on the strength of evidence that he used performance enhancing drugs obtained from the shuttered Biogenesis clinic. Rodriguez appealed his suspension and is allowed to play in the meantime.
Under Trout’s proposal, Rodriguez and 13 other major leaguers would have been out of the game for life.
“Some people are just trying to find that extra edge,” Trout told WFAN. “It’s tough as a guy that goes out there and plays hard every day and puts (out) 110 percent effort every time. And then you wake up the next day and you see there’s a list of guys that are, you know, on the list. It’s good that MLB caught them and they are moving in the right direction with suspensions.”
Trout walked and singled in five plate appearances Monday, extending his streak of games reaching base to 42.
The Angels optioned Tommy Hanson to Triple-A Salt Lake after losing 2-1 to the New York Yankees on Monday, making room for Jason Vargas to be activated from the disabled list so he can start tomorrow.
Hanson is 4-3 with a 5.59 earned-run average in 13 starts for the Angels. He missed time early in the season while on the bereavement list and nearly a month — from June 20 to July 23 — on the disabled list with a forearm injury.