2005 American League Division Series
The 2005 American League Division Series (ALDS), the opening round of the 2005 American League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 4, and ended on Monday, October 10, with the champions of the three AL divisions—along with a "wild card" team—participating in two best-of-five series. They were:
- (1) Chicago White Sox (Central Division champion, 99–63) vs. (4) Boston Red Sox (Wild Card, 95–67): White Sox win series, 3–0.
- (2) Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (Western Division champion, 95–67) vs. (3) New York Yankees (Eastern Division champion, 95–67): Angels win series, 3–2.
The higher seed (#1 is the highest) had the home field advantage.
NOTE: The Yankees were designated the Eastern Division champions due to winning the season series 10–9 against the Red Sox. The Angels received home field advantage rather than the Yankees due to their winning the season series 6–4 against New York.
2005 was the first year since 2001 that the Minnesota Twins had not participated in the ALDS. Other than the White Sox' victory in the AL Central, the participants were identical to those of the previous year.
Chicago White Sox vs. Boston Red Sox 
Chicago won the series, 3–0.
|1||October 4||Boston Red Sox – 2, Chicago White Sox – 14||U.S. Cellular Field||2:56||40,717|
|2||October 5||Boston Red Sox – 4, Chicago White Sox – 5||U.S. Cellular Field||2:29||40,799|
|3||October 7||Chicago White Sox – 5, Boston Red Sox – 3||Fenway Park||3:28||35,496|
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim vs. New York Yankees 
Los Angeles won the series, 3–2.
|1||October 4||New York Yankees – 4, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – 2||Angel Stadium of Anaheim||2:59||45,142|
|2||October 5||New York Yankees – 3, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – 5||Angel Stadium of Anaheim||3:05||45,150|
|3||October 7||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – 11, New York Yankees – 7||Yankee Stadium (I)||4:00||56,277|
|4||October 9†||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – 2, New York Yankees – 3||Yankee Stadium (I)||3:13||56,226|
|5||October 10||New York Yankees – 3, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – 5||Angel Stadium of Anaheim||3:29||45,133|
†: Game was postponed due to rain on October 8
Chicago vs. Boston 
Game 1, October 4 
|WP: José Contreras (1–0) LP: Matt Clement (0–1)
CWS: A. J. Pierzynski 2 (2), Paul Konerko (1), Juan Uribe (1), Scott Podsednik (1)
Little did the Red Sox know when starter Matt Clement hit Scott Podsednik, the first batter he faced, that the rout was on. But the young pitcher never regained his control and finished by allowing seven runs on eight hits, three of which were homers, in only 3 1⁄3 innings. The White Sox also scored in the third, fourth, sixth, and eighth innings. The Red Sox were held to two runs by José Contreras, who went 7 2⁄3 innings, giving up just two earned runs on eight hits. Four White Sox players hit home runs, including Podsednik, who had gone homerless in the regular season. It was his first home run since September 30, 2004.
This was the White Sox' first postseason home win since Game 1 of the 1959 World Series.
Game 2, October 5 
|WP: Mark Buehrle (1–0) LP: David Wells (0–1) Sv: Bobby Jenks (1)
CWS: Tadahito Iguchi (1)
Mark Buehrle gave up two runs in the first and two runs in the third inning and David Wells (6 2⁄3 innings, two earned runs, seven hits) looked tough, giving up only two hits in the first four innings. But in the White Sox half of the fifth, the White Sox struck pay-dirt. They scored five runs in the inning, three of which were unearned, due to an error by Boston's Tony Graffanino. Buehrle (seven innings, four earned runs, eight hits) earned the win, with the save going to Bobby Jenks.
Game 3, October 7 
|WP: Freddy García (1–0) LP: Tim Wakefield (0–1) Sv: Bobby Jenks (2)
CWS: Paul Konerko (2)
BOS: David Ortiz (1), Manny Ramírez 2 (2)
For the first time since 1993, the White Sox secure their place in the ALCS by beating the Red Sox in the third consecutive game. The tough battle featured Freddy García (five innings, five hits, three earned runs) and Tim Wakefield (5 1⁄3 innings, six hits, four runs). Neither pitcher was very impressive, but both kept their team in the game. The White Sox struck first, scoring two in the third with the Red Sox replying in the fourth. In the sixth, Paul Konerko, with Jermaine Dye on base, hit a home run to put the White Sox in the lead for good. The Red Sox got one back in the bottom of the inning on a Manny Ramírez monster homer, but that was all they would get. El Duque, Orlando Hernández, came in to pitch with the bases loaded in the same inning with no outs. He induced Jason Varitek to foul out, Tony Graffanino to pop out to short, and Johnny Damon to strike out to end the inning without giving up another run. He proceeded to pitch three total innings, giving up one hit. Bobby Jenks came in to finish it, earning his second save of the series. This was the White Sox's first postseason series win since the 1917 World Series, the last time they won the World Series.
Composite line score 
|Chicago White Sox||5||0||3||2||5||6||0||2||1||24||28||1|
|Boston Red Sox||2||0||2||4||0||1||0||0||0||9||25||2|
|Total attendance: 117,012 Average attendance: 39,004|
Los Angeles vs. New York 
Game 1, October 4 
|WP: Mike Mussina (1–0) LP: Bartolo Colón (0–1) Sv: Mariano Rivera (1)
LAA: Bengie Molina (1)
The Yankees were able to get to AL Cy Young Award winner, Bartolo Colón early. With the bases loaded in the top of the first, rookie Robinson Canó lifted a line drive over the reaching hand of left fielder Garret Anderson. The double would clear the bases, giving the Yankees a 3–0 lead. Again in the second inning, the Yankees would score, this time on a single by Jason Giambi that scored Derek Jeter. Yankee pitching had lacked for most of the 2005 season, and starter Mike Mussina was injured for some of the year. But in Game 1, Mussina looked at his best. Mussina started out by keeping the Angels out of the run column for 5 2⁄3 innings. Although the Angels scored another run in the ninth, Mariano Rivera shut the door and gave the Yankees a 1–0 series lead.
Game 2, October 5 
|WP: Kelvim Escobar (1–0) LP: Chien-Ming Wang (0–1) Sv: Francisco Rodríguez (1)
NYY: Jorge Posada (1)
LAA: Juan Rivera (1), Bengie Molina (2)
In Game 2, the starters were John Lackey for the Angels and Chien-Ming Wang for the Yankees. The Yankees scored the first run of the game in the second when Robinson Canó doubled to left, allowing Hideki Matsui to come home. They made it 2–0 in the fifth after Alex Rodríguez walked and then moved to third on Jason Giambi's double. Rodríguez would score on Gary Sheffield's ground out. The Angels got on the board in the bottom of that inning on Juan Rivera's home run. In the sixth, Alex Rodríguez's error allowed Orlando Cabrera to make it to first base. He would move to second on Vladimir Guerrero's ground out and score on Bengie Molina's single, tying the game at two. In the next inning, Wang's throwing error would allow Jeff DaVanon and Steve Finley to score on Cabrera's single, giving the Angels a 4–2 lead. In the eighth, Molina's home run extended the Angels lead to three. In the ninth, Jorge Posada's homer cut the lead back the two, but the Angels still won the game to even the series.
Game 3, October 7 
|WP: Scot Shields (1–0) LP: Aaron Small (0–1)
LAA: Garret Anderson (1), Bengie Molina (3)
NYY: Hideki Matsui (1), Derek Jeter (1)
In Game 3, it was Randy Johnson pitching for the Yankees while Paul Byrd pitched for the Angels. Johnson ran into trouble early, giving up a three-run homer to Garret Anderson in the first and a two-run homer to Bengie Molina in the third to give the Angels a 5–0 lead. After allowing men on first and third with no outs in the fourth, Johnson was taken out of the game right in front of an entire stadium of booing fans. The Yankees rallied in the bottom of the inning. First, Hideki Matsui homered to put the Yanks on the board 5–1. Then Robinson Canó and Bernie Williams would single in. Canó scored on Jorge Posada's ground out and Williams on Derek Jeter's single. After Brendan Donnelly relieved Byrd, Jason Giambi's single scored Jeter and cut the Angels' lead to one. In the next inning, after Matsui walked, Canó doubled to left and a throwing error by Cabrera allowed Matsui to score and Canó to remain to first base. Scot Shields relieved Donnelly. Shield gave up a sacrifice fly to Bernie Williams that scored Canó, giving the Yankees a 6–5 lead, but that lead was short-lived. Reliever Aaron Small gave up two runs in the sixth to give the Angels the lead again. Tom Gordon allowed two unearned runs in the seventh and two earned runs in the eighth to give the Angels an 11–6 lead. Jeter's home run in the bottom of the eighth made it 11–7 Angels, but that was all the Yankees could muster up as the Angels won the game with that score and were only one win away from the ALCS.
Game 4, October 9 
|WP: Al Leiter (1–0) LP: Scot Shields (1–1) Sv: Mariano Rivera (2)|
The Angels struck first in Game 4, scoring two runs in the top of the sixth on two doubles by Chone Figgins and Orlando Cabrera off Yankees starting pitcher Shawn Chacón. The Yankees cut the lead to one in the bottom of the inning when Alex Rodriguez scored on Gary Sheffield's single off Angels starting pitcher John Lackey. In the bottom of the next inning, Robinson Canó singled and Jorge Posada walked. They would score on singles from Rubén Sierra and Derek Jeter. Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect eighth and ninth as the Yankees won 3–2 to force a Game 5 back in Anaheim.
Game 5, October 10 
|WP: Ervin Santana (1–0) LP: Mike Mussina (1–1) Sv: Francisco Rodríguez (2)
NYY: Derek Jeter (2)
LAA: Garret Anderson (2)
Game 5 had the same starting pitchers as in Game 1, Bartolo Colón for the Angels and Mike Mussina for the Yankees. Colon left the game in the second inning due to a hand injury after giving up two hits in the first and was relieved by Ervin Santana, who walked Robinson Canó (who was caught out stealing), Bernie Williams, and Jorge Posada. Williams scored on Bubba Crosby's single and Posada on Derek Jeter's sacrifice fly as the Yankees took an early 2–0 lead. Mussina, however, faltered in the second after pitching a perfect first. First, he gave up a solo home run to Garret Anderson to cut the lead to one. Then, Bengie Molina singled to center. After getting two outs, Mussina walked Steve Finley before Adam Kennedy hit the ball to right center. Bubba Crosby and Gary Sheffield collided on the outfield wall trying to catch it, allowing Molina and Finley to score to give the Angels a 3–2 lead. Mussina allowed two more runs in the third to extend to Angels lead to three in his shortest postseason start ever. Randy Johnson, making his first postseason relief appearance since Game 7 of the 2001 World Series with the Arizona Diamondbacks against the Yankees, kept the Angels scoreless for the rest of the game, allowing just three hits. Jeter's solo home run in the seventh off Santana cut the lead to two. Jeter opened up the ninth with a single off closer Francisco Rodríguez, but Alex Rodriguez grounded into a double play. Jason Giambi and Gary Sheffield both hit singles afterward, but Hideki Matsui grounded out to first to end the game. The Angels would face the Chicago White Sox in the ALCS.
Composite line score 
|Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||3||3||4||0||1||5||5||3||1||25||46||1|
|New York Yankees||3||4||0||4||3||1||3||1||1||20||42||6|
|Total attendance: 247,928 Average attendance: 49,586|
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