Seven players who could be key to deciding the ALCS

As the Orioles and the Kansas City Royals swept their way through their respective American League Division Series, several players provided clutch hits. Orioles designated hitter Nelson Cruz, who led the major leagues with 40 home runs in the regular season, continued to prove his value to the club with a pair of two-run home runs and five RBIs in three games against the Detroit Tigers. Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer was almost as good as Cruz in Kansas City's series against the Los Angeles Angels. He hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning of Game 2 and another in the third inning of Game 3. Third baseman Mike Moustakas added two solo homers for the Royals, a game-winning shot in the 11th inning of the series opener and another in Game 3. So which players will step up in the AL Championship Series that begins Friday at Camden Yards? Here are seven who could be key to deciding whether the Orioles or the Royals advance to the World Series. -- Dean Jones
By Dean Jones, The Baltimore Sun
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