It's been six months, but the Detroit Tigers might still have nightmares about Nelson Cruz's performance for the Texas Rangers in last season's AL Championship Series.
In an early matchup of division leaders, the Rangers and Tigers open a four-game series Thursday night with their first meeting since Cruz carried Texas to the AL pennant in October.
Much of the talk heading into last season's ALCS revolved around Justin Verlander, the league Cy Young Award winner and MVP. When the series ended with the Rangers winning their second straight AL pennant in six games, Cruz had stolen the spotlight.
Cruz had six home runs and 13 RBIs - both records for a postseason series - and not surprisingly, was named the ALCS MVP.
The right fielder is off to a slow start in 2012, batting .234 with two homers, six RBIs and 17 strikeouts, but it hasn't hurt Texas (10-2) as Josh Hamilton and Michael Young are pounding the ball.
Hamilton, who hit .308 with four doubles and five RBIs in last season's...