Colon allows one unearned run in Anaheim debut


SEATTLE (AP) -- Bartolo Colon had relatives in the stands as he
got off to a great start with his new baseball family.

Colon worked a strong changeup off his overpowering fastball to
win his Anaheim debut and Troy Glaus homered twice, leading the
Angels to a 10-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners in their season
opener Tuesday.

"It was very emotional because my family was here," Colon said
through an interpreter. "My parents have seen me throw Opening Day
but not my brothers. I also have a very special sister who came
from the Dominican Republic."

Colon held Seattle to an unearned run and five hits in six
innings. He struck out five and allowed just one baserunner after
the second inning.

"I wanted to have a good outing for the team but also for my
family. They hadn't seen me pitch on Opening Day," he said.

Vladimir Guerrero, also playing his first game with Anaheim, hit
a two-run double off the center-field wall to put the Angels ahead
10-1 in the eighth. He went 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored.

"I think we can swing the bat," Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia
said. "We have a deep lineup. More importantly, we have to keep
that aggressive style of baserunning. We had a little bit of
everything today."

The new-look Angels roughed up 21-game winner Jamie Moyer, who
was knocked out in the sixth inning.

"I thought I had pretty good command," Moyer said. "I felt I
had pretty good control today. They gave me a lot of good

Guerrero and Colon signed last winter with the Angels, who hope
their heralded free-agent pickups carry them back to the playoffs, maybe even to a World Series title like the one in 2002.

"It's a tremendous team, but we have 161 games to go," Colon
said. "I don't want to talk too much about the future or
projections. All I know is I feel very comfortable with the guys
surrounding me."

Colon didn't issue any walks despite facing a full count eight

"Bartolo gets stronger as it goes along, no doubt about it,"
Scioscia said. "He was everything I think we'd seen the latter
part of spring. His velocity was great."

Anaheim's powerful lineup finished with 12 hits, with Jose Molina hitting a solo home run in the second and Adam Kennedy an RBI single in the sixth.

Glaus sent a 3-0 pitch from Moyer an estimated 414 feet to
straightaway center in the fourth, a solo shot that put Anaheim
ahead for good at 2-1. It was his first career homer at Safeco

"This is not a great hitter's park, but those two balls were
crushed," Scioscia said. "That's a good sign for him to get out
of the gate well. It will be important for us."

The next time Glaus stepped up, Guerrero had walked and Garret Anderson had singled. Glaus drove an 0-1 pitch 421 feet to nearly the same spot as his first home run for a three-run shot.

"He beat me with my best," said Moyer, who allowed six runs
and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. "Nothing you can do but tip your
cap to him."

It was Glaus' 17th career multihomer game.

"I was just trying to get something in the gap to score some
runs," Glaus said.

The Mariners scored four runs in the eighth by loading the bases
with two outs against Scot Shields, who walked Edgar Martinez.
Rich Aurilia added a two-run double off Kevin Gregg.

Game notes
Seattle LHP Ron Villone, who relieved in the eighth,
pitched in his 38th ballpark. He had appeared in every current park
except Safeco Field. ... The sellout crowd of 46,142 was the
fourth-largest at Safeco Field. In the stands was new Angels owner
Arte Moreno. ... Former Mariners closer Norm Charlton threw out the
ceremonial first pitch. ... Molina's last homer came in 2001, but
he has played only 108 games. ... Anaheim broke a streak of losing
four straight season openers, the longest skid in club history.