2011 MLB Playoff Schedule: Texas Rangers Will Clinch World Series Berth Tonight

Alex KayCorrespondent IOctober 13, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 08:  C.J. Wilson #36 of the Texas Rangers throws a pitch against the Detroit Tigers in Game One of the American League Championship Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 8, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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At 4:19 p.m. EDT this late afternoon, the Texas Rangers will beat the Detroit Tigers in Comerica Park to earn their second straight World Series berth.

The game will be nationally televised on FOX, and it should be a good one, especially with C.J. Wilson and Justin Verlander on the mound.

Texas has proven over the past four games that it's the better team, and Nelson Cruz may be the most clutch player alive right now.

Cruz hit another home run in Game 4—this time a three-run shot instead of a grand slam—to win it in a very exciting game that went to the 11th inning once again.

"If you don't like baseball, you probably like it now watching these games," Rangers catcher Mike Napoli, who drove home the go-ahead run in the 11th, told ESPN.com.

"We expected a tough series, and we've been able to come out on top. And it's been fun," he said.

I imagine it has been fun for the Rangers, who are in the driver's seat now and up 3-1 in the ALCS. This team knows how to get it done and win an American League pennant, but that cannot satisfy them this year.

The Rangers were in the World Series last year and were defeated by the San Francisco Giants. The only way to get that bitter defeat out of players' and fans’ minds is to head back again this year and win it all.

They will take on either the St. Louis Cardinals or Milwaukee Brewers, with the NLCS currently at 2-1 in favor of the Cards.

I expect the Rangers to handle their business tonight because they know what is at stake, and I believe they will also run right through whoever they play in the World Series.

Keep it tuned to Bleacher Report's MLB page for the latest Championship Series scores, news and information.