When Mike Scioscia saw the Angels' schedule would begin with an interleague road series against Cincinnati Reds, the manager skipped straight to the "acceptance" stage of grief.

"Somebody's got to do it," he said.

When Jered Weaver, the Angels' expected Opening Day starter, saw the schedule, it took him an extra second to process.

"A little shocked," he said. "I knew we were going to have interleague throughout the season, but I was surprised to see it right away."

The consequences of beginning the season in a National League park are now coming into focus for the Angels - particularly their pitchers, who moved beyond bunting and slashing drills Wednesday to take their first full swings in practice.

"We need these guys ready Opening Day to swing the bat," Scioscia said.

Angels pitchers have never formally practiced hitting in spring training under Scioscia and maybe not under any manager. In so doing, Scioscia all but revealed who his first four starting pitchers will be.

Weaver, C.J. Wilson, Joe Blanton, Jason Vargas and Tommy Hanson have been pitching in that order in Cactus League games. All but Hanson picked up a bat Wednesday.

Scioscia wanted Vargas to be ready to swing a bat in case of a setback to Weaver, Wilson or Blanton.