Angels celebrate rings with romp vs. Rangers


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia enjoyed
getting back into the routine.

The Angels received their World Series rings Tuesday night, then
beat the Texas Rangers 10-0 for their first win of the season.

"Now that the ceremonies are finished, we can focus on what's really important to us, on the field,'' Scioscia said. "I think we all were eager to do that.''

After losing the season opener to the Rangers and taking Monday
off, the Angels came back with dominant pitching and hitting.

Mickey Callaway threw six shutout innings for the victory, and
relievers Scot Shields and Ben Weber finished the five-hitter.

Brad Fullmer hit a two-run homer and drove in four runs. Garret
Anderson went 4-for-4 with two RBI and scored three times. Darin
Erstad had three singles and also scored three runs for the Angels,
who lost Sunday's opener 6-3.

Callaway, who pitched out of jams the first two innings, said he
appreciated the early support from the Angels' offense, which
scored six times in the first three innings.

"I think they saw me and thought, `Oh my gosh, we've got to score some runs for this guy,''' Callaway said. "So they scored some and I settled down.''

He retired his last 12 batters, not even allowing a ball out of
the infield.

During the pregame ceremony, the Angels received their
ruby-and-diamond World Series rings, appraised at about $15,000
apiece. The Angels had not even appeared in a Series during their
42-year history until last fall, when they beat the San Francisco
Giants in seven games for the title.

Fullmer's big night against the Rangers began, of course, when
he got his ring.

"Oh, man. They're great. We got our money's worth for those. They're beautiful,'' he said, shaking his head.

Fullmer, who tested the free-agent market last winter before
signing again with Anaheim, added, "For a while, I thought I was
going to get my ring shipped to me. But when all is said and done,
it was nice to be here with all the other guys to get it.''

Callaway, called up last fall when Aaron Sele had a shoulder problem and still filling in for him, allowed four hits, struck out four and walked two.

Loser Chan Ho Park lasted just 2 2/3 innings, giving up six
runs, six hits, three walks and hitting a batter.

"We were hoping he'd get off to a better start. Anaheim
probably had something to do with it,'' said Buck Showalter, who
took his first loss as the Rangers' new manager.

"His command of his fastball wasn't there. He struggled, no
doubt about it. But it's just one start, he'll get better.''

Callaway pitched out of jams in the first two innings. The
27-year-old right-hander got Mark Teixeira on an inning-ending
groundout with the bases loaded in the first, then retired Carl
Everett on a fly ball with runners at the corners and two outs in
the second.

Anderson hit a two-run single in the first, and Erstad's two-out
RBI single made it 3-0 in the second.

Fullmer homered off Park in the third inning, and Adam Kennedy
singled in a run against C.J. Nitkowski. Fullmer added a sacrifice
fly in the fourth.

Game notes
Texas SS Alex Rodriguez, who hasn't sat out since signing
his record $252 million, 10-year contract and joining the Rangers
two years ago, appeared in his 326th consecutive game, one more
than Ruben Sierra's previous Texas record. Rodriguez's overall
streak is 388, dating to July 24, 2000, when he was with Seattle.
... Rodriguez needs one homer before June 20 to become the youngest
player in major league history to reach 300. Jimmie Foxx was 27
years, 328 days when he reached the milestone. ... Texas RHP Ismael
Valdes, who left the opener with a blister on his right index
finger, is expected to be ready for his start Friday in the
Rangers' home opener against Seattle. ... Sele, coming back from
offseason shoulder surgery, is expected to make at least five rehab
appearances for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga and hopes to rejoin the
Angels around May 1.