2003 American League Division Series


2003 American League Division Series

Infobox LDS
alds = yes


year = 2003
champion1 = New York Yankees (3)
champion1_manager = Joe Torre
champion1_games = 101-61, .623, GA: 6
runnerup1 = Minnesota Twins (1)
runnerup1_manager = Ron Gardenhire
runnerup1_games = 90-72, .556, GA: 4
date1 = September 30October 5
television1 = ESPN (Games 1, 3, 4)
FOX (Game 2)
announcers1 = Jon Miller and Joe Morgan (Game 1)
Joe Buck and Tim McCarver (Game 2)
Joe Buck , Jeff Brantley, and David Justice (Game 3-4)
champion2 = Boston Red Sox (3)
champion2_manager = Grady Little
champion2_games = 95-67, .586, GB: 6
runnerup2 = Oakland Athletics (2)
runnerup2_manager = Ken Macha
runnerup2_games = 96-66, .593, GA: 3
date2 = October 1October 6
television2 = ESPN (Games 1, 4)
ESPN2 (Game 2-3)
FOX (Game 5)
announcers2 = Dave O'Brien and Jeff Brantley (Game 1)
Jon Miller and Joe Morgan (Game 2-4)
Thom Brennaman and Steve Lyons (Game 5)
umpires2 = Ed Montague, Ted Barrett, Paul Emmel, Gerry Davis, Jim Joyce, Bill Welke (Yankees-Twins, Game 1-2; Red Sox-Athletics, Game 3-4)
Randy Marsh, Eric Cooper, Wally Bell, Gary Darling, Tim Welke, Greg Gibson (Red Sox-Athletics, Games 1-2 & 5; Yankees-Twins, Games 3-4)
The by|2003 American League Division Series (ALDS), the opening round of the 2003 American League playoffs, began on Tuesday, September 30, and ended on Monday, October 6, with the champions of the three AL divisions—along with a "wild card" team—participating in two best-of-five series. The teams were:

*(1) New York Yankees (Eastern Division champion, 101-61) vs. (3) Minnesota Twins (Central Division champion, 90-72): Yankees win series, 3-1.
*(2) Oakland Athletics (Western Division champion, 96-66) vs. (4) Boston Red Sox (Wild Card, 95-67): Red Sox win series, 3-2.

"The higher seed (in parentheses) had the home field advantage (Games 1, 2 and 5 at home), which was determined by playing record. Although the team with the best record was normally intended to play the wild card team, the Yankees played the Twins, rather than the wild card Red Sox, because the Yankees and Red Sox are in the same division."

The Yankees and Red Sox went on to meet in the AL Championship Series, for the right to advance to the 2003 World Series against the National League champion Florida Marlins.

Matchups

New York Yankees vs. Minnesota Twins

New York wins the series, 3-1

Oakland Athletics vs. Boston Red Sox

Boston wins the series, 3-2

New York vs. Minnesota

Game 1, September 30

Yankee Stadium in New York, New YorkLinescore
Road=Minnesota|RoadAbr=MIN
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WP=LaTroy Hawkins (1-0)|LP=Mike Mussina (0-1)|SV=Eddie Guardado (1)|

Game 2, October 2

Yankee Stadium in New York, New YorkLinescore
Road=Minnesota|RoadAbr=MIN
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WP=Andy Pettitte (1-0)|LP=Brad Radke (0-1)|SV=Mariano Rivera (1)
RoadHR=Torii Hunter (1)|HomeHR=|

Game 3, October 4

Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, MinnesotaLinescore
Road=New York|RoadAbr=NYY
R1=0|R2=2|R3=1|R4=0|R5=0|R6=0|R7=0|R8=0|R9=0|RR=3|RH=8|RE=1
Home=Minnesota|HomeAbr=MIN
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RSP=|HSP=
WP=Roger Clemens (1-0)|LP=Kyle Lohse (0-1)|SV=Mariano Rivera (2)
RoadHR=Hideki Matsui (1)|HomeHR=A.J. Pierzynski (1)|

Game 4, October 5

Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, MinnesotaLinescore
Road=New York|RoadAbr=NYY
R1=0|R2=0|R3=0|R4=6|R5=0|R6=0|R7=0|R8=1|R9=1|RR=8|RH=13|RE=0
Home=Minnesota|HomeAbr=MIN
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RSP=|HSP=
WP=David Wells (1-0)|LP=Johan Santana (0-1)|SV=
RoadHR=Derek Jeter (1)|HomeHR=|

New York's victory secured their place in the American League Championship Series.

Composite Box

2003 ALDS (3-1): New York Yankees over Minnesota TwinsLinescore
Road=New York Yankees
R1=1|R2=2|R3=1|R4=6|R5=0|R6=0|R7=3|R8=1|R9=2|RR=16|RH=38|RE=3
Home=Minnesota Twins
H1=0|H2=0|H3=2|H4=1|H5=1|H6=2|H7=0|H8=0|H9=0|HR=6|HH=26|HE=2Total Attendance: 224,561 Average Attendance: 56,140|

Oakland vs. Boston

Game 1, October 1

Network Associates Coliseum in Oakland, CaliforniaLinescore
Road=Boston|RoadAbr=BOS
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Home=Oakland|HomeAbr=OAK
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RSP=|HSP=
WP=Rich Harden (1-0)|LP=Derek Lowe (0-1)|SV=
RoadHR=Todd Walker 2 (2), Jason Varitek (1)|HomeHR=|

After the Athletics tied the game 4-4 in the 9th inning on an RBI single by Erubiel Durazo, they won it in the twelfth when catcher Ramon Hernandez laid down a two-out bunt single, scoring Eric Chavez from third base. Rich Harden was credited with the win, and Derek Lowe was credited with the loss.

Game 2, October 2

Network Associates Coliseum in Oakland, CaliforniaLinescore
Road=Boston|RoadAbr=BOS
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WP=Barry Zito (1-0)|LP=Tim Wakefield (0-1)|SV=|

A five-run outburst in the second inning, capped off by a two-run throwing error by Todd Walker, was all the offense Oakland pitcher Barry Zito needed to claim the victory for the A's. Tim Wakefield was credited with the loss.

Game 3, October 4

Fenway Park in Boston, MassachusettsLinescore
Road=Oakland|RoadAbr=OAK
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Home=Boston|HomeAbr=BOS
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RSP=|HSP=
WP=Scott Williamson (1-0)|LP=Rich Harden (1-1)|SV=
RoadHR=|HomeHR=Trot Nixon (1)|

Down 1-0 in the sixth inning, the Athletics had a potential rally stifled by controversial outs. Eric Byrnes was tagged out after failing to touch home plate after a collision with catcher Jason Varitek. Miguel Tejada was similarly retired following a collision with Bill Mueller while rounding third base. The one run scored in the inning sent the game into extra innings, where Boston won on a two-run walk-off home run by Trot Nixon. Scott Williamson was credited with the win, and Rich Harden was credited with the loss.

Game 4, October 5

Fenway Park in Boston, MassachusettsLinescore
Road=Oakland|RoadAbr=OAK
R1=0|R2=1|R3=0|R4=0|R5=0|R6=3|R7=0|R8=0|R9=0|RR=4|RH=11|RE=1
Home=Boston|HomeAbr=BOS
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RSP=|HSP=
WP=Scott Williamson (2-0)|LP=Keith Foulke (0-1)|SV=
RoadHR=Jermaine Dye (1)|HomeHR=Johnny Damon (1), Todd Walker (3)|

After Oakland starter Tim Hudson left with a strained left oblique after only one inning, the A's bullpen held the Sox to only three runs over the next seven innings. With a 4-3 lead in the eighth inning, however, closer Keith Foulke gave up a game-winning 2-RBI double to David Ortiz, scoring Nomar Garciaparra and Manny Ramírez. Scott Williamson was credited with the win.

Game 5, October 6

Network Associates Coliseum in Oakland, CaliforniaLinescore
Road=Boston|RoadAbr=BOS
R1=0|R2=0|R3=0|R4=0|R5=0|R6=4|R7=0|R8=0|R9=0|RR=4|RH=6|RE=0
Home=Oakland|HomeAbr=OAK
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RSP=|HSP=
WP=Pedro Martínez (1-0)|LP=Barry Zito (1-1)|SV=Derek Lowe (1)
RoadHR=Manny Ramírez (1), Jason Varitek (2)|HomeHR=|

The Red Sox rode a four-run sixth inning, highlighted by a 3-run Manny Ramírez home run to complete their comeback from an 0-2 series deficit. Down by one run, the A's loaded the bases in the ninth inning, but failed to score as temporary closer Derek Lowe struck out Terrence Long looking. The win was marred by a violent collision between outfielder Johnny Damon and second baseman Damian Jackson. Damon was sent to the hospital where he was diagnosed with a concussion. Both starters factored into the decision, as Pedro Martínez was credited with the win, and Barry Zito was credited with the loss.

Boston's victory secured their place in the American League Championship Series.

Composite Box

2003 ALDS (3-2): Boston Red Sox over Oakland AthleticsLinescore
Road=Boston Red Sox
R1=1|R2=1|R3=3|R4=0|R5=1|R6=5|R7=2|R8=2|R9=0|R10=0|R11=2|R12=0|RR=17|RH=38|RE=5
Home=Oakland Athletics
H1=0|H2=6|H3=3|H4=1|H5=0|H6=5|H7=0|H8=1|H9=1|H10=0|H11=0|H12=1|HR=18|HH=38|HE=5Total Attendance: 206,816 Average Attendance: 41,363|

Quotes

"Strike three call! The Red Sox win it!, Bring on the Yankees!!! Derek Lowe pumps his fist. The ultimate save. Can you believe it?" - Joe Castiglione

Notes

External links

* [http://www.baseball-reference.com/postseason/2003_ALDS1.shtml New York-Minnesota at Baseball-Reference]
* [http://www.baseball-reference.com/postseason/2003_ALDS2.shtml Boston-Oakland at Baseball-Reference.com]


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