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The Rangers are headed to the ALCS.

No more "Texas is the only franchise that has never won a post-season series."  No more grousing about how, yeah, the Rangers might back into the playoffs because the A.L. West is so weak, but they won't be able to do anything once they get there.

The Rangers are headed to the ALCS. 

I have SportsCenter on right now, and Tim Kurkjian said he was taking the Yankees in the ALCS because Cliff Lee won't be able to go in Game 1.  This, despite the fact that (as he pointed out earlier in the segment) it doesn't matter if Lee went in Game 1 or not, since he wasn't going to start three games anyway.

It probably doesn't really matter if Lee starts 1 and 5, 2 and 6, or 3 and 7.  Part of me, though, is glad that Lee is going 3 and 7, because if this comes down to a Game 7, I'll feel a lot better with Cliff Lee on the mound.

Jeff Wilson's game story talks about the greatness of Cliff Lee.

Anthony Andro writes that the Rangers advanced with great pitching and great baserunning in Game 5.

T.R. Sullivan's game story celebrates the Rangers heading to the ALCS for the first time in team history.

Andro has a story about Nelson Cruz and Ian Kinsler coming up big offensively.

Evan Grant writes about baserunning winning Game 5 for the Rangers, and Ron Washington being vindicated in his decision to have the Rangers be aggressive on the basepaths, even if it cost them outs from time to time.

Sullivan has his Game 5 tidbits.

Grant's post-game report card has almost all A's for the Rangers.

Evan Grant has some post-game thoughts on Lee, Ian Kinsler, and Elvis Andrus.

Tim Cowlishaw has a column extolling the greatness of Cliff Lee.

Gil Lebreton writes about the Rangers finally getting to the ALCS.

Richard Durrett says the Rangers made history last night.

The S-T's notes talk about the decision to start Mitch Moreland at first base, Bengie Molina's steal, and the team setting a record for strikeouts in a DLS.

Rob Neyer has a blog post talking about the irony of the Rays, who thrived on aggressive baserunning all season, being victimized in Game 5 by the Rangers aggressive baserunning.

The Rangers sprayed Josh Hamilton with ginger ale after the game.

Todd Wills says that Rangers fans are starting to believe in this team.

Sullivan says the Rangers are looking forward to the C.J. Wilson/C.C. Sabathia matchup in Game 1 of the ALCS.

Ray Buck has some notes up, talking to Chuck Greenberg about yesterday's win and the hunt for a new TV play by play man, with Buck saying Ryan is going to hire someone he's comfortable with.

Ian Browne of MLB.com talks about the Rangers being handicapped by not having Lee to start Game 1 of the ALCS, although, as I mentioned above, I don't see that that is really an issue.

Lyle Spencer of MLB.com talks to Nolan Ryan about the Rangers making the ALCS.

ESPN Dallas has a story and pictures of the fans greeting the team plane this morning.

Frank Francisco is continuing to have setbacks in his throwing program, and will not be available for the ALCS.