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Kansas City 9, Texas 2

8/27/2003

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Mike Sweeney found the hitting stroke
that had eluded him for nearly a week.

But when Brian Anderson walked into the clubhouse Tuesday night,
Sweeney nodded in his direction and said, "There's your hero."

A day after the Royals acquired him in a trade with Cleveland,
Anderson -- with plenty of support from Sweeney and Aaron Guiel --
gave his new team six solid innings in a 9-2 win over the Texas
Rangers.

"For him to come in and throw the ball like he did -- that's
definitely a big emotional lift for our team," said Sweeney, who
went 3-for-5 after getting just one hit in his previous 13 at-bats.
"If Brian can give us six more games like that, that will be just
what we need."

Sweeney and Guiel each homered and drove in four runs as the
Royals stayed one game back of the Chicago White Sox in the AL
Central.

Anderson (10-10) pitched six innings, giving up two runs and
four hits. He struck out three and walked none.

"When you come to a new team, your main feeling is not wanting
to screw up what they've got going -- but that's negative
thinking," Anderson said. "So you tell yourself you want to come
in and do what you can to help."

Anderson retired the first 11 batters before Alex Rodriguez
singled with two outs in the fourth inning and Rafael Palmeiro
followed with a two-run homer to right field that cut Kansas City's
lead to 3-2.

Jeremy Affeldt relieved Anderson to start the seventh, striking
out five in two shutout innings, before Curtis Leskanic came in to
pitch the ninth.

Guiel, whose four RBI were a career high, went 3-for-5. He
homered off starter R.A. Dickey (8-6) in Kansas City's three-run
third and ignited a six-run sixth with a two-out, two-run single
with the bases loaded.

The homer came on a 3-0 count, when Dickey grooved a fastball --
not knowing that Royals manager Tony Pena had told Guiel to swing
away.

"I took it for granted that he was going to take a strike, and
I threw a BP fastball in there," Dickey said. "He did just what
he should have done with it, if he was going to swing away. It took
me totally by surprise."

Sweeney had an RBI single in the third and capped the Royals'
big sixth with a three-run shot off Rosman Garcia.

"I probably took a thousand swings today trying to get back on
track," Sweeney said.

The Royals led 3-2 when Dickey opened the sixth by walking Raul
Ibanez, giving up Ken Harvey's bloop single and hitting Angel
Berroa with a pitch to load the bases with one out.

Aaron Fultz relieved Dickey and struck out Brent Mayne, but
Guiel chased him with his two-run single. Joe Randa singled off
Garcia, driving in Berroa before Sweeney hit his first homer since
June 16.

Randa went 2-for-4, extending his hitting streak to nine games
with a third-inning double. Berroa doubled twice and went 2-for-3.

Rodriguez and Einar Diaz had two hits each for Texas.
^Notes:@ Palmeiro's 521st career homer tied him for 13th on
baseball's list of leaders, along with Willie McCovey and Ted
Williams. He has 38 home runs against the Royals, the most ever by
any player. ... The Royals acquired All-Star OF Rondell White from
San Diego in exchange for two minor leaguers. ... Kansas City
placed RHPs Runelvys Hernandez and Kevin Appier on the disabled
list, both with elbow injuries. Hernandez (7-5) will need "Tommy
John" surgery to replace a torn ligament and is not expected to
return before the middle of next season. The Royals are still
waiting to see whether Appier (1-2) will need surgery to repair a
torn flexor tendon. ... Jim Sundberg, the Rangers' organizational
catching coordinator, coached first base. DeMarlo Hale, the regular
first base coach, is away from the team attending to personal
matters.