Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton in a matchup of MVP sluggers. Nelson Cruz and David Freese becoming bigger names with each home run swing. Pitching staffs full of shaky starters and shutdown relievers.
A look at the best-of-seven World Series between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals:
One moment, Justin Verlander and the Tigers were on the verge of watching their season slip away.
The Texas tag team of Nelson Cruz and Mike Napoli was too much for the Detroit Tigers.
After the rain, the Texas Rangers opened the AL championship series by beating Justin Verlander once again.
Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers were again halted by rain.
Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers were delayed by rain in the opener of a playoff series again _ twice.
Pretty neat way to warm up for the playoffs, huh?
With champagne being sprayed around and on him, Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington savored the moment and remembered a much different scene in the same clubhouse at the end of last year's World Series.