About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.

Angels to begin, end 2014 season against Seattle Mariners.

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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Angels will send eight prospects to Arizona Fall League.

C.J. Cron

Angels first base prospect C.J. Cron will participate in the Arizona Fall League. (Getty Images)

Double-A Arkansas first baseman C.J. Cron was among eight Angels prospects listed on the preliminary rosters for the 2013 Arizona Fall League season Tuesday.

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.

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Angels minor league outfielder Brandon Bayardi suspended 50 games.

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.

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