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Rangers Focus on Winning the World Series

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    After waiting until their 50th season to reach their World Series, the Texas Rangers are going right back.

    The Rangers finished off the Detroit Tigers with a 15-5 romp Saturday night to win the AL championship series in six games.

    "This a great trophy, we're real proud of it," Young said. "But we're looking forward to the one with all the flags on it. ... Happy, but not satisfied."

    The Rangers are the AL's first consecutive pennant winner in a decade. The New York Yankees won four in a row from 1998-01.

    "We wanted to get to the World Series. But the bottom line is getting to the World Series and winning it. We feel pretty confident about ourselves," manager Ron Washington said. "More than anything else, the commitment they made in November after San Francisco sent us home, they held true to it."

    Texas will open the World Series on Wednesday night against the Cardinals at St. Louis, seeking the first title in the history of a franchise that started play in 1961. The World Series returns deep in the heart of Texas with Game 3 next Saturday night.

    A franchise that began as the expansion Washington Senators and moved to Texas in 1972 had failed to reach the World Series before losing to the Giants in five games last year. The Rangers had never even won a postseason series before last season.

    "As soon as the season began, we were hungry, we were hungry to get back," Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus said.

    Among the sellout crowd of 51,508 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington was Dirk Nowitzki, MVP of the NBA finals won by the Dallas Mavericks in June.

    Now the Rangers get another chance to bring another championship to the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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