After waiting until their 50th season to reach their first World Series, the Texas Rangers are going right back. Nelson Cruz had one more big blast, Michael Young caught the final out long after hitting a pair of doubles in one of the highest-scoring postseason innings ever and the Rangers became the American League's first repeat champion in a decade. The team that lost Cliff Lee in free agency and held onto Young after his offseason trade request finished off the Detroit Tigers with a 15-5 romp last night to win the AL championship series in six games.
"This is a great trophy, we're real proud of it," said Young, who walked off with the AL championship trophy. "But we're looking forward to the one with all the flags on it. ... Happy, but not satisfied." Cruz was selected ALCS MVP after his postseason-record sixth home run of the series, and he also had a record 13 RBI. "We wanted to get to the World Series. But the bottom line is getting to the World Series and winning it. We feel pretty confident about ourselves," manager Ron Washington said. Texas will open the World Series on Wednesday night at St. Louis or Milwaukee. (Read more Texas Rangers stories.)