Park limited Boston to just three hits and had a season-high seven strikeouts over seven innings in the Rangers’ 7-2 victory over the defending world champions Friday.
Since signing a five-year, $65 million contract with Texas prior to the 2002 season, Park has struggled through three injury-plagued campaigns, going 14-18 in 48 starts with five trips to the disabled list.
But he has started out strong this year, winning three of four decisions and beating the Red Sox and New York Yankees in his last two outings.
“I feel much more comfortable,” Park said. “Physically healthy, you can do a lot of things.”
Park is even starting to earn the trust of manager Buck Showalter.
“He’s had a great look in his eyes since spring started,” Showalter said. “He’s been sharp in most of his starts.”
Texas, which is trying to complete its first sweep of the season, has won eight of its last 11 meetings with Oakland.
The A’s offense continued its early season slumber as Erubiel Durazo’s solo home run was the extent of the team’s offense in a 6-1 defeat Tuesday. Oakland had nine hits, but left 11 men on base.
Slumping third baseman Eric Chavez went 2-for-5 to raise his average to .210, but still hasn’t homered since April 18. Chavez is hitting .409 (9-for-22) with two homers and five RBIs in his career against Park.