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Acta compares Kipnis with Pedroia, Utley

Acta compares Kipnis with Pedroia, Utley

Acta compares Kipnis with Pedroia, Utley
CLEVELAND -- Wednesday night wasn't the first time Jason Kipnis has been called a "dirtbag." The term might not carry the most pleasant-sounding connotation, but Kipnis enjoyed manager Manny Acta comparing him with such fellow hustlers as Dustin Pedroia and Chase Utley.

Kipnis sparked Cleveland's 10-3 triumph over Detroit on Wednesday with five hits, four runs and three RBIs. He became the first Indians rookie to get five hits and four runs in a game since Jim Fridley in 1952.

Since assuming everyday second-base duties on July 31, Kipnis has batted .354 with six homers and 10 RBIs. His immediate impact hasn't surprised Acta, who appreciates the youngster's effort.

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"A 'dirtbag' is one of those guys that runs through a wall to win every single day," Acta said. "He throws himself around, is always dirty, runs every ball out, just does whatever it takes to win. That's what we call a dirtbag in baseball. [He's] really not concerned about how he looks on the field, just getting it done."

Kipnis said that his relentless play has merited him the "dirtbag" distinction before.

"It's a good thing," Kipnis said. "I could be called worse things."

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