Found October 09, 2011 on The Flagrant Fan:
The world will get a good look at Elvis Andrus over the next week and if the Rangers again make the World Series, an even longer look. What will they see? That's a question this writer grapples with all the time. There are two things this writer knows. First, Elvis Andrus was supposed to be the next great shortstop. He isn't. Yet. Secondly, he's still awfully young considering he just completed his third full season at the tender age of twenty-two. Yes, he's become a very good shortstop at a position currently pretty weak around baseball. But is he elite? Not yet. Of course it doesn't help that current valuations differ from site to site. Fangraphs gave his play this season an fWAR of 4.6. pegs his 2011 valuation at a full win lower at 3.6. Baseball Prospectus splits the two right down the middle at 4.1. Much of his value comes from his positional value, his base running and his fielding. The latter two are excellent as he is an excellent b...

Tom Verducci: Rangers' 'pen, Nellie Cruz, ratings, more

Nelson Cruz's 11th-inning slam gave the Rangers a 7-3 win and 2-0 ALCS lead on the Tigers. Tom Verducci marvels at Cruz's hot bat and points out the big key to the Rangers' success.

Nelson Cruz Hits Walk Off, Gets Blasted In The Face

Nelson Cruz hit a game winning, walk off, grand slam to put the Rangers up two games to zero in the ALCS. He also pushed Monday evening's game to the over (9 runs) and covered the Rangers (-1.5) run spread. For this he was blasted in the face whe

ALCS Game 2 rained out but the rain never came

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington kept looking out his window at home during an unexpected night off during the American League championship series.

Photo: Nelson Cruz gets a wet and wild welcome at home plate

So Nelson Cruz finally sends the Texas Rangers on their way to Detroit with an 11th-inning grand slam and what does he get? A bottle full of water to the grill before touching home plate. Mock Session has the animated GIF. Want more Big League Stew all postseason long? Follow 'Duk on Facebook and Twitter!

Derek Holland: 'I'm very frustrated with how I performed' in Game 2 of the ALCS

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Rangers grand slam hero Nelson Cruz talks after Game 2 victory

Hear from Rangers' grand slam hero Nelson Cruz after Game 2 victory.

Quick Hits: Wilson, Epstein, Angels, Gonzalez

Here are some links to check out before the NLCS kicks off later this afternoon.. Some people think that C.J. Wilson has keen interest as free agent in New York, tweets Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated.  He adds that the Yankees are probably the early favorite to sign him. A Lakeview, Illinois resident is "99.9 percent sure" that he saw Red Sox GM Theo Epstein at...

Tigers handcuffed by Rangers' hurlers

The Texas Rangers beat the Detroit Tigers, 3-2 tonight in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series in Arlington. The game saw two long rain delays and lasted five hours.

Rangers take 2-0 lead on Cruz's slam in 11th

Nelson Cruz hit the first game-ending grand slam in postseason history, lifting the Texas Rangers over the Detroit Tigers 7-3 in 11 innings Monday for a 2-0 lead in the AL championship series.

Texas 7, Detroit 3: Tigers in a bind after Cruz hits walk-off grand slam for Rangers

Nelson Cruz hit the first game-ending grand slam in postseason history, lifting the Texas Rangers over the Detroit Tigers, 7-3, in 11 innings today for a 2-0 lead in the AL Championship Series.

We are Tigers fans, hear us roar

Our Tigers are scheduled to play the Texas Rangers tonight at Comerica Park. Network announcers are sure to talk about hits and runs and errors. They'll talk about Delmon Young's oblique muscle and Magglio Ordoñez's fractured ankle. And they'll probably talk about us -- metro Detroiters, Tigers fans.

Cruz's walk-off grand slam sends Rangers to 2-0 lead

Nelson Cruz hit the first game-ending grand slam in postseason history, lifting the Texas Rangers over the Detroit Tigers 7-3 in 11 innings Monday for a 2-0 lead in the AL Championship Series.

ALCS Preview, Tigers Versus Rangers

The Detroit Tigers take on the Texas Rangers starting Saturday (tonight) in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers finished 96-66, first in the AL West and second in the American League. The Tigers won the AL Central with a 95-67 record third best in the AL. The Tigers laid waste to the AL Central, going 50-22 in the division, including 16-3 against the division in September. Texas...
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