Nelson Cruz #17 of the Texas Rangers celebrates after hitting a two-run home run in the seventh inning of Game Six of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 15, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.
Nelson Cruz set a postseason record with his sixth home run of the series, Michael Young hit a pair of two-run doubles in a nine-run third inning, and the Texas Rangers romped to a 15-5 win over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night that won the AL pennant in six games.
Becoming the first repeat AL champion in a decade, the Rangers will open the World Series on Wednesday night at St. Louis or Milwaukee, seeking the first title in the history of a franchise that started play in 1961.
Cruz had 13 RBIs in the series, another postseason record. Young, who also homered, had five RBIs in the finale, and the longest-tenured player on the Rangers helped make sure the World Series will again be deep in the heart of Texas.