Angels 7, Rangers 5
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP)—Now that his eyesight is better, Troy Glaus can really enjoy watching those long home runs.
Glaus, a three-time All-Star who had Lasik eye surgery in the offseason, gave Anaheim a 3-0 lead in the first inning with a line drive into the left-field bullpen.
“I was tired of dealing with contacts and tired of having days where they just didn’t fit right and you weren’t going to see well all day long. This game’s hard enough without that,” Glaus said. “I watched a couple of surgeries being done and decided that it was the right time.”
He wore contact lenses since age 12 because he was nearsighted. He met with some of the top Lasik specialists in the country three years ago, but decided to put it off because one of them told him the technology wasn’t good enough.
Glaus spent the next three years researching the subject and finally decided to give it a shot after Angels closer Troy Percival underwent the procedure. Glaus has a consultation with the Newport Beach doctor who treated Percival and had the surgery two weeks later, just before Christmas.
“Now I wake up every morning and see the same way all day long. I love it,” Glaus said. “But it’s really a personal decision. It’s not something I would recommend to anybody because it might not be right for them. If they wear contacts and they’re fine with them, they should stay with them.”
Bartolo Colon (3-1) allowed three runs, five hits and three walks over five innings while striking out four. Two of the hits against him were home runs by Laynce Nix and David Dellucci, who capped his first career two-homer game with a leadoff shot in the eighth against Ben Weber.
Dellucci’s homers were his first since last Aug 10 with the Yankees. He hit three last season in a combined 166 at-bats with New York and Arizona.
“I’ve enjoyed getting some playing time as of late, I’ve been working real hard in the cage and I was able to put it all together today,” Dellucci said.
Colon, who gave up a career-worst 30 homers last season, has allowed five in his last two starts.
“You’ll find that most homers are mistakes, and that’s what you saw today,” pitching coach Bud Black said. “Bart is going to challenge people, especially with the lead.”
Percival pitched a scoreless ninth for his third save in four attempts.
Park (1-3) allowed seven runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings and hit two batters. The Angels also tagged him for six runs and 10 hits on April 11.
Park plunked David Eckstein to open the first and DaVanon blooped a single inside the left-field line, setting the stage for Glaus’ fifth homer and 169th of his career.
The Rangers’ right-hander hit Glaus in the back with a fastball his next time up, prompting plate umpire Randy Marsh to issue a warning to both benches.
“I don’t know what Randy’s thinking was there,” Texas manager Buck Showalter said. “We know that it’s not intentional, but it’s his prerogative and I understand it. Randy’s one of our better umpires at handling situations like that, so it’s not a big deal.”
Texas scored two runs in the second when Laynce Nix followed Eric Young’s leadoff walk with his third homer of the season. But the Angels responded with three in the bottom half for a 6-2 lead.
Jose Molina led off with a single, took third on Chone Figgins’ double and scored when third baseman Hank Blalock misplayed Eckstein’s grounder. The Angels pulled off a double-steal before Darin Erstad hit an RBI single. DaVanoncapped the inning with a sacrifice fly.
Glaus’ 31 homers and 66 RBIs against the Rangers are by far his highest totals against any team. He entered the game 4-for-19 against Park with no RBIs. … Angels CF Garret Anderson missed his first game of the season becauseof stiffness in his back.