Kansas City, Mo — Mike Sweeney made quite an impression on Minnesota manager Tom Kelly.
Sweeney hit a two-run double and Blake Stein allowed five hits in 62/3 innings as the Kansas City Royals used two big innings to beat the Twins, 7-3, Tuesday night.
"It's nice to see a player like that come into the league, a player who can recognize the situation and come through," Kelly said. "He's a special player.
"It looks like he's going to become one of the dominant players in the game."
Sweeney appreciated Kelly's comments.
"That's an honor to receive that from Tom Kelly, a man who has been around the game for so long," he said. "But I don't let the positive comments from guys like that affect me. They are honors, but I could go out tomorrow and have the worst game of my life if I get caught up in stats and comments. I just have to keep an even keel and continue working hard."
Sweeney had a two-run double in a four-run third inning off J.C. Romero (2-4), and Jermaine Dye added a two-run double in three-run fifth.
Sweeney's hit extended his hitting streak to 15 games and tied him with George Brett for the fourth most RBIs in a season for Kansas City with 118.
"Sweeney has been doing that all year for us," Royals manager Tony Muser said.