Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers became the first starting pitcher since Roger Clemens of the Red Sox 25 years ago to take home both league Cy Young and MVP awards in the same season.
Half a century ago, Yankees outfielder Roger Maris slugged his historic home run on the last day of the season. The majors' big bashers of today are trying to hit equally significant homers.
ALCS Game 5 was must-win for New York, and it did, 7-2. The Rangers-Yankees series returns to Texas Friday with the Rangers seeking their first World Series berth.