Series: Game 3 of 3

Kansas City won 3-0

Game 1: Tuesday, June 25
Detroit 6Final
Kansas City 8
Game 2: Wednesday, June 26
Detroit 5Final
Kansas City 6
Game 3: Thursday, June 27
Detroit 2Final
Kansas City 5

Tigers 2

(26-50, 10-31 away)

Royals 5

(29-46, 17-18 home)

    2:05 PM ET, June 27, 2002

    Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri 

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    DET 000001001 2 - -
    KC 01200020 - 5 - -

    W: P. Byrd (10-5)

    L: S. Sparks (3-8)

    S: R. Hernandez (13)

    Royals use Sweeney's bat to sweep Tigers

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Anybody trying to lure players away from the Kansas City should trot out Mike Sweeney's quote about being ignored in All-Star voting despite leading the AL in hitting.

    Mike Sweeney

    "That's what you get for playing in Kansas City,'' Sweeney said.

    Although he's not among the top five votegetters for AL first basemen, Sweeney leads the league with a .365 average after homering Thursday in the Royals' 5-2 victory over Detroit.

    The other Royals player who might possibly get picked for the All-Star team on Sunday is right-hander Paul Byrd (10-5), who went 6 1-3 innings Thursday as the Royals completed a three-game sweep.

    When asked if he would be disappointed to see Byrd get picked by AL manager Joe Torre, Sweeney shot back, "no way.''

    "I would love it,'' he said. "I think Paul deserves it. He's been pitching great for us all year. If Paul goes, I'll be so happy for him, especially after what he's been through this season with his arm hurting him and pitching through it.''

    Sweeney, who signed a five-year contract extension in March, is batting .583 in a 10-game hitting streak. In June, usually his hottest month, he's batting .417.

    "I love Kansas City,'' he said. "I opted to stay here by signing an extension. I didn't sign here to be in a big market. I signed here because I love the city. I like being the guy where people go, `You're who?' I don't like walking around in every city with people bothering you.''

    Luis Alicea was 3-for-4 with two RBI as the Royals beat the Tigers at home for the 13th time in 15 games. Rookie Aaron Guiel also had two RBI.

    Roberto Hernandez got three outs for his 13th save in 15 chances.

    Byrd became the first Royals pitcher to win 10 games before the All-Star break since Kevin Appier in 1995. He gave up one run on five hits, with two walks and four strikeouts.

    Steve Sparks (3-8) continued to struggle, going 6 1/3 innings, giving up nine hits and five runs.

    "He left a couple of knuckleballs up,'' said Detroit manager Luis Pujols. "When you have a pitcher who's going through what he's going through, working on his mechanics, working on his knuckleball, you put a lot of pressure on yourself. I think he said the last 3-4 innings he felt real good.''

    Sweeney's 13th home run gave the Royals a 1-0 lead in the second. In the third, Alicea had an RBI triple and scored on Guiel's single.

    Ramon Santiago tripled leading off the Detroit sixth and scored on Randall Simon's sacrifice fly to the warning track in left. Simon finished 3-for-3. Alicea had an RBI double in the seventh and Guiel made it 5-1 a moment later with a sacrifice fly off reliever Jeff Farnsworth.

    Game notes

    The Tigers recalled RHP Brian Moehler from his rehabilitation assignment Thursday but will wait to activate him from the DL until a date is set for his return to the pitching staff. He is returning from shoulder surgery last July. ... Tigers RHP Danny Patterson will undergo right elbow reconstruction surgery on Friday in Detroit and will miss about 12-18 months. ... The Royals' record for consecutive days with a home run is four, done 11 times. ... Sweeney also had home runs in three straight games last June 28-July 1.

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