2003 American League Division Series

The 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:


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.

2003 American League Division Series
Team (Wins) Manager Season
New York Yankees (3) Joe Torre 101–61, .623, GA: 6
Minnesota Twins (1) Ron Gardenhire 90–72, .556, GA: 4
DatesSeptember 30 – October 5
TelevisionESPN (Games 1, 3, 4)
Fox (Game 2)
TV announcersJon Miller, Joe Morgan (Game 1)
Joe Buck, Tim McCarver (Game 2)
Chris Berman, Jeff Brantley, David Justice (Games 3–4)
Radio announcersDan Shulman, Dave Campbell
Team (Wins) Manager Season
Boston Red Sox (3) Grady Little 95–67, .586, GB: 6
Oakland Athletics (2) Ken Macha 96–66, .593, GA: 3
DatesOctober 1 – 6
TelevisionESPN (Games 1, 4)
ESPN2 (Games 2–3)
Fox (Game 5)
TV announcersDave O'Brien, Jeff Brantley (Game 1)
Jon Miller, Joe Morgan (Games 2–4)
Thom Brennaman, Steve Lyons (Game 5)
Radio announcersJohn Rooney, Buck Martinez
UmpiresEd Montague, Ted Barrett, Paul Emmel, Gerry Davis, Jim Joyce, Bill Welke (Yankees–Twins, Games 1–2; Red Sox–Athletics, Games 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)


New York Yankees vs. Minnesota Twins

New York won the series, 3–1.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 September 30 Minnesota Twins – 3, New York Yankees – 1 Yankee Stadium (I) 3:18 56,292[2] 
2 October 2 Minnesota Twins – 1, New York Yankees – 4 Yankee Stadium (I) 3:07 56,479[3] 
3 October 4 New York Yankees – 3, Minnesota Twins – 1 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 3:02 55,915[4] 
4 October 5 New York Yankees – 8, Minnesota Twins – 1 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 2:49 55,875[5]

Oakland Athletics vs. Boston Red Sox

Boston won the series, 3–2.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 1 Boston Red Sox – 4, Oakland Athletics – 5 (12 innings) Network Associates Coliseum 4:37 50,606[6] 
2 October 2 Boston Red Sox – 1, Oakland Athletics – 5 Network Associates Coliseum 2:37 36,305[7] 
3 October 4 Oakland Athletics – 1, Boston Red Sox – 3 (11 innings) Fenway Park 3:42 35,460[8] 
4 October 5 Oakland Athletics – 4, Boston Red Sox – 5 Fenway Park 3:02 35,048[9] 
5 October 6 Boston Red Sox – 4, Oakland Athletics – 3 Network Associates Coliseum 3:05 49,397[10]

New York vs. Minnesota

Game 1, September 30

Yankee Stadium (I) in Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 8 0
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 9 1
WP: LaTroy Hawkins (1–0)   LP: Mike Mussina (0–1)   Sv: Eddie Guardado (1)

The Twins struck first in Game 1 when Cristian Guzman and Shannon Stewart hit back-to-back one-out singles in the third off Mike Mussina, then the former scored on Luis Rivas's sacrifice fly. Matt LeCroy singled to lead off the sixth, then scored on a triple by Torii Hunter, who himself scored on Yankees second baseman Alfonso Soriano's error. The Yankees scored a run in the ninth on Soriano's two-out single with runners on second and third off Eddie Guardado, but Nick Johnson then grounded out to end the game as the Twins, despite using five pitchers, took a 1–0 series lead.

Game 2, October 2

Yankee Stadium (I) in Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 4 1
New York 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 X 4 8 1
WP: Andy Pettitte (1–0)   LP: Brad Radke (0–1)   Sv: Mariano Rivera (1)
Home runs:
MIN: Torii Hunter (1)
NYY: None

The Yankees loaded the bases with no outs on three singles in the first off Brad Radke, but scored just once on Bernie Williams's sacrifice fly. The Twins tied the game in the fifth on Torii Hunter's leadoff home run off Andy Pettitte. Radke hit Nick Johnson to lead off the seventh. After Juan Rivera's sacrifice bunt, LaTroy Hawkins relieved Radke and allowed an RBI single to Alfonso Soriano. Hawkins's error on Derek Jeter's ground ball put him at second and Soriano at third. Both scored on Jason Giambi's single and Mariano Rivera pitched two perfect innings for the save. The Yankees' 4–1 win tied the series heading to Minnesota.

Game 3, October 4

Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 8 1
Minnesota 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0
WP: Roger Clemens (1–0)   LP: Kyle Lohse (0–1)   Sv: Mariano Rivera (2)
Home runs:
NYY: Hideki Matsui (1)
MIN: A. J. Pierzynski (1)

The Yankees struck first in Game 3 on Hideki Matsui's two-run home run in the second off Kyle Lohse. They added another run next inning on Bernie Williams's single that scored Juan Rivera from second. A. J. Pierzynski's leadoff home run in the bottom of the inning off Roger Clemens cut the lead to 3–1, but neither team scored after that with Mariano Rivera again pitching two perfect innings for a save as the Yankees took a 2–1 series lead.

Game 4, October 5

Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 1 1 8 13 0
Minnesota 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 9 1
WP: David Wells (1–0)   LP: Johan Santana (0–1)
Home runs:
NYY: Derek Jeter (1)
MIN: None

In the fourth, Jason Giambi doubled with one out, then scored on Bernie Williams's double. After Jorge Posada singled, Hideki Matsui's ground-rule double scored Williams. Aaron Boone popped out before Juan Rivera was intentionally walked to load the bases. Nick Johnson's double scored two more and knocked Johan Santana out of the game. Juan Rincon in relief allowed a two-run single to Alfonso Soriano, then walked Derek Jeter and Giambi to load the bases again. Eric Milton relieved Rincon and got Williams to ground out to end the inning. The Twins got on the board in the bottom of the inning on three consecutive singles off David Wells, the last of which by Michael Cuddyer scored Torii Hunter, but could not score again off Wells or Gabe White. The Yankees added a run in the eighth off LaTroy Hawkins when Boone hit a lead off single, stole second and scored on Juan Rivera's bunt single that was misplayed by Hawkins. Jeter's home run in the ninth off Eddie Guardado put the Yankees up 8–1 as they secured their place in the American League Championship Series with a blowout win.

Composite box

2003 ALDS (3–1): New York Yankees over Minnesota Twins

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees 1 2 1 6 0 0 3 1 2 16 38 3
Minnesota Twins 0 0 2 1 1 2 0 0 0 6 26 2
Total attendance: 224,561   Average attendance: 56,140

Oakland vs. Boston

Game 1, October 1

Network Associates Coliseum in Oakland, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Boston 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 12 2
Oakland 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 5 8 0
WP: Rich Harden (1–0)   LP: Derek Lowe (0–1)
Home runs:
BOS: Todd Walker 2 (2), Jason Varitek (1)
OAK: None

The Red Sox went up 1–0 in the first on Todd Walker's two-out home run off Tim Hudson, but in the third, Erubiel Durazo drove in two runs with a double off Pedro Martinez before Durazo himself scored on a single from Miguel Tejada, who was tagged out at second to end the inning. The Red Sox cut the Athletics' lead to 3–2 in the fifth on Jason Varitek's home run. In the seventh, Hudson allowed a two-out single to Nomar Garciaparra and was relieved by Ricardo Rincon, who allowed a home run to Walker to put the Red Sox up 4–3. In the ninth, Byung-hyun Kim walked Billy McMillon, then hit Chris Singleton with a pitch. After Mark Ellis struck out for the second out, Alan Embree relieved Kim and allowed a game-tying RBI single to Durazo, sending the game into extra innings. Oakland won it in the 12th when catcher Ramón Hernández laid down a two-out, bases-loaded bunt single off Derek Lowe, scoring Eric Chavez from third base. This was Oakland's ninth consecutive playoff win over Boston in the wake of ALCS sweeps in 1988 and 1990, breaking the record for consecutive playoff wins against one team set by the New York Yankees against the Chicago Cubs with World Series sweeps in 1932 and 1938. Incidentally, the Yankees nearly got a chance to extend that streak the same year.

Game 2, October 2

Network Associates Coliseum in Oakland, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 1
Oakland 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 X 5 6 0
WP: Barry Zito (1–0)   LP: Tim Wakefield (0–1)

The Athletics won Game 2 with a five-run outburst in the second inning off Tim Wakefield. Jose Guillen walked with one out, moved to second on a passed ball, and scored on Ramón Hernández's single. After Jermaine Dye was hit by a pitch, Eric Byrnes's double scored both runners. After a walk and ground out, Todd Walker's errant throw to first on Eric Chavez's ground ball scored two more runs. The Red Sox scored their only run of the game in the third on back-to-back doubles by Doug Mirabelli and Johnny Damon off Barry Zito. The Athletics were one win away from a trip to the ALCS.

Game 3, October 4

Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Oakland 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 4
Boston 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 7 2
WP: Scott Williamson (1–0)   LP: Rich Harden (1–1)
Home runs:
OAK: None
BOS: Trot Nixon (1)

In Game 3, three errors in the second allowed the Red Sox to go up 1–0 on Damian Jackson's fielder's choice. 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 after being obstructed by Bill Mueller while rounding third base. Obstruction was called by umpire Tim Welke. However time was not called by the umpire and Tejada stopped running thus giving the Red Sox time to tag him.[11] 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 off Rich Harden. This loss ended Oakland's playoff-record winning streak against the Red Sox at ten games, a record the Red Sox themselves would break in 2008 when they won their eleventh consecutive playoff game against the Angels.

Game 4, October 5

Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 4 11 1
Boston 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 2 X 5 7 0
WP: Scott Williamson (2–0)   LP: Keith Foulke (0–1)
Home runs:
OAK: Jermaine Dye (1)
BOS: 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. The Athletics went up 1–0 in the second on Jermaine Dye's bases loaded RBI single off John Burkett, but Johnny Damon's two-run home run after a walk in the third off Steve Sparks put the Red Sox up 2–1. In the sixth, Burkett allowed a leadoff single to Scott Hatteberg, who scored on Adam Melhuse's triple one out later, then Dye's home run put the Athletics up 4–2. Todd Walker's home run in the bottom of the inning off Ricardo Rincon cut the lead to 4–3. In the eighth, closer Keith Foulke allowed a one-out double to Nomar Garciaparra, then a two-out single to Manny Ramirez before both scored on David Ortiz's double. Scott Williamson earned the win with two shutout innings to close as the Red Sox's 5–4 win forced a Game 5 in Oakland.

Game 5, October 6

Network Associates Coliseum in Oakland, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 4 6 0
Oakland 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 3 7 0
WP: Pedro Martínez (1–0)   LP: Barry Zito (1–1)   Sv: Derek Lowe (1)
Home runs:
BOS: Jason Varitek (2), Manny Ramírez (1)
OAK: None

The Athletics struck first in Game 5 in the fourth off Pedro Martinez when Scott Hatteberg walked with two outs and scored on Jose Guillen's double, but Jason Varitek's lead-off home run in the sixth tied the game off Barry Zito. Following a walk and hit-by-pitch, Manny Ramirez's three-run home run put the Red Sox up 4–1. The Athletics cut it to 4–2 in the bottom of the inning when Erubiel Durazo doubled with one out and scored on Miguel Tejada's double one out later. They cut it to 4–3 when Chris Singleton hit a leadoff double off Martinez and scored on Billy McMillon's single in the eighth. The A's loaded the bases on three walks in the ninth inning, but temporary closer Derek Lowe struck out Terrence Long looking to end the game. 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. Boston's victory secured their place in the American League Championship Series while Oakland lost the ALDS after being up two games to none for the second time in three years.

Composite box

2003 ALDS (3–2): Boston Red Sox over Oakland Athletics

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Boston Red Sox 1 1 3 0 1 5 2 2 0 0 2 0 17 38 5
Oakland Athletics 0 6 3 1 0 5 0 1 1 0 0 1 18 38 5
Total attendance: 206,816   Average attendance: 41,363


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ "2003 ALDS – Minnesota Twins vs. New York Yankees – Game 1". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  3. ^ "2003 ALDS – Minnesota Twins vs. New York Yankees – Game 2". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  4. ^ "2003 ALDS – New York Yankees vs. Minnesota Twins – Game 3". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  5. ^ "2003 ALDS – New York Yankees vs. Minnesota Twins – Game 4". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  6. ^ "2003 ALDS – Boston Red Sox vs. Oakland Athletics – Game 1". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  7. ^ "2003 ALDS – Boston Red Sox vs. Oakland Athletics – Game 2". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  8. ^ "2003 ALDS – Oakland Athletics vs. Boston Red Sox – Game 3". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  9. ^ "2003 ALDS – Oakland Athletics vs. Boston Red Sox – Game 4". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  10. ^ "2003 ALDS – Boston Red Sox vs. Oakland Athletics – Game 5". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  11. ^ The New York Times, sports page. Pete Thamel, published 10/5/2003 https://www.nytimes.com/2003/10/05/sports/baseball-absorbing-a-blow-and-delivering-one-in-dramatic-fashion.html

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2003 Minnesota Twins season

After winning the American League Central Division in 2002, the 2003 Minnesota Twins were looking to repeat division titles for the first time since 1969 and 1970. A spark for the team was the July trade of Bobby Kielty for Shannon Stewart. Stewart provided a veteran presence at the top of the lineup that the team had previously lacked. The team met its goal of reaching the playoffs, but once again fell short in the postseason. The Twins lost in four games to the New York Yankees during the AL Division Series. 2003 would be the last year several key players played with the team.

Boston Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox are an American professional baseball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. The Red Sox compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) East division. The Red Sox have won nine World Series championships, tied for the third-most of any MLB team, and they have played in 13. Their most recent appearance and win was in 2018. In addition, they won the 1904 American League pennant, but were not able to defend their 1903 World Series championship when the New York Giants refused to participate in the 1904 World Series. Founded in 1901 as one of the American League's eight charter franchises, the Red Sox' home ballpark has been Fenway Park since 1912. The "Red Sox" name was chosen by the team owner, John I. Taylor, circa 1908, following the lead of previous teams that had been known as the "Boston Red Stockings", including the forerunner of the Atlanta Braves.

Boston was a dominant team in the new league, defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first World Series in 1903 and winning four more championships by 1918. However, they then went into one of the longest championship droughts in baseball history, dubbed the "Curse of the Bambino" after its alleged inception due to the Red Sox' sale of Babe Ruth to the rival New York Yankees two years after their world championship in 1918, an 86-year wait before the team's sixth World Championship in 2004. The team's history during that period was punctuated with some of the most memorable moments in World Series history, including Enos Slaughter's "mad dash" in 1946, the "Impossible Dream" of 1967, Carlton Fisk's home run in 1975, and Bill Buckner's error in 1986. Following their victory in the 2018 World Series, they became the first team to win four World Series trophies in the 21st century, with championships in 2004, 2007, 2013 and 2018. Red Sox history has also been marked by the team's intense rivalry with the Yankees, arguably the fiercest and most historic in North American professional sports.The Boston Red Sox are owned by Fenway Sports Group, which also owns Liverpool F.C. of the Premier League in England. The Red Sox are consistently one of the top MLB teams in average road attendance, while the small capacity of Fenway Park prevents them from leading in overall attendance. From May 15, 2003 to April 10, 2013, the Red Sox sold out every home game—a total of 820 games (794 regular season) for a major professional sports record. Both Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline", and The Standells's "Dirty Water" have become anthems for the Red Sox.

Damian Jackson

Damian Jacques Jackson (born August 16, 1973) is a former major league second baseman who played 11 seasons for nine Major League Baseball (MLB) teams. He batted and threw right-handed.

Derek Lowe

Derek Christopher Lowe (born June 1, 1973) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. During his career, he played for the Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees, and Texas Rangers.

Lowe threw a no-hitter for the Red Sox in 2002. In the 2004 post-season he had a 3–0 win–loss record as he helped lead Boston to its first World Series championship in 86 years.

Doug Mientkiewicz

Douglas Andrew Mientkiewicz ( mint-KAY-vitch; born June 19, 1974) is an American retired professional baseball first baseman, and current manager for the Toledo Mud Hens. He batted left-handed and threw right-handed. He is one of five American players to win both an Olympic gold medal and a World Series championship which he won with the Boston Red Sox in 2004 over the St. Louis Cardinals.

History of the Boston Red Sox

The history of the Boston Red Sox begins in 1901, as one of the original franchises of the American League.

Johnny Damon

Johnny David Damon (born November 5, 1973) is a former American professional baseball outfielder who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1995 to 2012. In his MLB career, Damon played for the Kansas City Royals (1995–2000), Oakland Athletics (2001), Boston Red Sox (2002–05), New York Yankees (2006–09), Detroit Tigers (2010), Tampa Bay Rays (2011) and Cleveland Indians (2012). Damon also played for the Thailand national baseball team and was a member of the squad for the 2013 World Baseball Classic qualifiers.

Nomar Garciaparra

Anthony Nomar Garciaparra (; born July 23, 1973) is an American retired Major League Baseball player and current SportsNet LA analyst. After playing parts of nine seasons as an All-Star shortstop for the Boston Red Sox, he played third base and first base for the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Oakland Athletics. He is one of 13 players in Major League history to hit two grand slams during a single game, and the only player to achieve the feat at his home stadium.

Garciaparra is a six-time All-Star (1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006), and was the AL Rookie of the Year and AL Silver Slugger Award winner at shortstop in 1997. In 2001, he suffered a wrist injury, the first in a series of significant injuries that plagued the remainder of his career. Known for his ability to hit for average, Garciaparra is a lifetime .313 hitter. He had the highest single-season batting average by a right handed batter in the post-war era, batting .372 in 2000, and was the first right handed batter to win the AL Batting Title in consecutive seasons since Joe DiMaggio, when he accomplished the feat in 1999 and 2000

Obstruction (baseball)

In baseball, obstruction is when a fielder illegally hinders a baserunner running within the basepath. Baserunners are generally permitted to run from base to base without being physically blocked or hindered by a fielder. The only time that a fielder is not obligated to "get out of the way" of a baserunner is when the fielder is fielding or in possession of the ball.

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