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Texas Rangers going to first World Series

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP)

Their Texas-sized wait is over. The Rangers are going to the World Series.

And they got there with a win over their old nemesis, the defending champion New York Yankees.

Vladimir Guerrero drove in three runs before Nelson Cruz hit a towering, two-run homer and the Rangers beat New York 6-1 Friday night in Game 6 of the AL championship series, the biggest victory in the franchise's 50 seasons.

Colby Lewis dominated over eight innings for his second win of the series and Josh Hamilton earned the ALCS MVP award. And in a state where most sports fans gear up for fall weekends by watching high school football, the Rangers gave a new meaning to Friday Night Lights.

''The World Series is coming to Texas,'' said Michael Young, the longest-tenured Ranger in his 10th season. ''These fans have waited longer than we have. I know how bad we wanted it and they must have wanted it more.''

''Totally worth the wait, totally,'' he said.

When Alex Rodriguez took a called third strike to end the game, fireworks exploded in the sky high above, confetti filled the air and the Rangers embraced each other near the mound.

Rangers icon Nolan Ryan, the Hall of Fame pitcher who is the team president and co-owner, embraced his wife in the front row before going on the field to join the team.

''Our fans have waited a long time, this organization has waited a long time,'' Ryan said. ''This team coming out of spring training was on a mission.''

Hamilton, who homered four times in the series, admitted he shed a tear in center field right before the final out.

''We are here as a group. This group is here because they don't know how to fail,'' Hamilton said.

Cliff Lee was waiting if needed by the Rangers for a deciding Game 7 against the Yankees. Now the ace left-hander can rest up for Game 1 of the World Series, on Wednesday night in either San Francisco or Philadelphia. The Giants lead the NLCS 3-2.

The Rangers, who had never won a postseason series or a home playoff game before this year, dispatched the $200 million-plus Bronx Bombers with little drama

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