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|Rangers Heading to World Series for First Time
|ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Deep in the heart of Texas, right in the middle of football country, they're getting ready for a World Series. And the Texas Rangers are in it.
The Rangers captured their first American League pennant in their 50-year franchise history by eliminating the defending World Series champion New York Yankees, 6-1, in Game 6 of the AL championship series. Colby Lewis stymied the Yanks on three hits, striking out seven in his eight innings. Neftali Perez worked a one-two-three ninth to finish the three-hitter.
Nelson Cruz hit a two-run home run and Vladimir Guerrero had three RBIs to share the offensive honors. The Rangers broke it open by scoring four runs in the fifth inning after two were out. Guerrero's double in the fifth drove in two runs and knocked out Yankee starter Phil Hughes. After Hughes left, Cruz greeted reliever David Robinson with a long two-run homer.
Texas slugger Josh Hamilton, who walked three times and had a single in his other at-bat, was named ALCS MVP.
Until this year, Texas had never won a postseason series. The Yanks had knocked out Texas in each of the Rangers' three previous playoff seasons until Texas returned the favor this year.
Texas opens the World Series at San Francisco or Philadelphia on Wednesday night.
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