The Texas Rangers will have outfielder Nelson Cruz back from a 50-game suspension as they host the Tampa Bay Rays in a winner-takes-all tiebreaker to decide the American League’s final wild card playoff berth.
The Texas Rangers took a 2-0 lead against the Detroit Tigers in the American League Championship Series as Nelson Cruz hit the first game-ending grand slam in postseason history to secure a 7-3 win in 11 innings.
Nelson Cruz hit a postseason record sixth home run and Michael Young drove in five as the Texas Rangers defeated the Detroit Tigers 15-5 to win their second consecutive American League pennant and a spot in the World Series.
Albert Pujols drove in five runs with a homer and three doubles as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 12-3 and headed home with the best-of- seven National League Championship Series tied at a game apiece.
Ryan Braun will miss the final 65 games of the season after becoming the first in a potential group of Major League Baseball players to be banned for their connections to a clinic accused of distributing performance- enhancing drugs.