2009 American League Division Series
|Dates:||October 7–October 11|
|TV announcers:||Chip Caray, Ron Darling|
|Radio announcers:||Jon Miller, Steve Phillips|
|Umpires:||Tim Tschida, Chuck Meriwether, Mark Wegner, Paul Emmel, Jim Joyce, Phil Cuzzi|
|Dates:||October 8–October 11|
|TV announcers:||Don Orsillo, Buck Martinez|
|Radio announcers:||Dan Shulman, Dave Campbell|
|Umpires:||Joe West, C.B. Bucknor, Eric Cooper, Greg Gibson, Brian Gorman, Dan Iassogna|
The 2009 American League Division Series (ALDS) consisted of two concurrent best-of-five game series that determined the participating teams in the 2009 American League Championship Series. Three divisional winners and a "wild card" team played in the two series. The ALDS began on Wednesday, October 7 and ended on Sunday, October 11. The matchups were:
- (1) New York Yankees (Eastern Division champions, 103–59) vs. (3) Minnesota Twins (Central Division champions, 87–76): Yankees win series, 3–0.
- (2) Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (Western Division champions, 97–65) vs. (4) Boston Red Sox (Wild Card qualifier, 95–67): Angels win series, 3–0.
The Twins and Detroit Tigers finished the 162-game schedule in a first-place tie atop the American League Central and played a one-game playoff at the Metrodome on Tuesday, October 6 that was won by the Twins, 6–5, in twelve innings, giving them the division championship and a postseason berth.
The Yankees, by virtue of finishing with the best record in the American League, were given the choice of playing an eight-day series (with three off-days) or a seven-day series (with two off-days) and opted for the former.
This is the third consecutive season—and the fourth since 2004—that the Angels and Red Sox have met in the ALDS. The Red Sox swept the Angels in 2004 and 2007, and defeated the Angels 3–1 in 2008. The Twins and Yankees last met in the postseason in the 2004 ALDS, which the Yankees won 3–1.
The Angels and Yankees each swept their respective series in three games. Since the advent of division series play in 1995, this is the first time that the winners of both divisional series swept their opponents. The Yankees went on to defeat the Angels 4–2 in the ALCS, and defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 4–2 to win the 2009 World Series.
TBS carried the tie breaker game and also televised all Division Series games in the United States.
New York Yankees vs. Minnesota Twins 
New York won the series, 3–0.
|1||October 7||Minnesota Twins – 2, New York Yankees – 7||Yankee Stadium||3:38||49,464|
|2||October 9||Minnesota Twins – 3, New York Yankees – 4 (11 innings)||Yankee Stadium||4:22||50,006|
|3||October 11||New York Yankees – 4, Minnesota Twins – 1||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome||3:25||54,735|
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim vs. Boston Red Sox 
Los Angeles won the series, 3–0.
|1||October 8||Boston Red Sox – 0, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – 5||Angel Stadium of Anaheim||3:09||45,070|
|2||October 9||Boston Red Sox – 1, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – 4||Angel Stadium of Anaheim||3:11||45,223|
|3||October 11||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – 7, Boston Red Sox – 6||Fenway Park||3:49||38,704|
New York vs. Minnesota 
Game 1, October 7 
|WP: CC Sabathia (1–0) LP: Brian Duensing (0–1)
NYY: Derek Jeter (1), Hideki Matsui (1)
In the first postseason game at the new Yankee Stadium, the Yankees rebounded from an early 2–0 deficit to take the first game of the series, 7–2, behind a strong outing from CC Sabathia and timely hitting by Derek Jeter, Nick Swisher, Alex Rodriguez, and Hideki Matsui. The Twins opened the scoring in the third by stringing together three consecutive two-out hits, including an RBI single by Michael Cuddyer. One batter later, a passed ball by Jorge Posada enabled Joe Mauer to score from third, giving the Twins a 2–0 lead. The Yankees answered in the bottom of the inning when Jeter smashed a two-run home run into the left field seats, and in the fourth, a two-out RBI double off the bat of Swisher put the Yankees in front for the first time of the night. One inning later, Rodriguez broke an 0-for-29 postseason skid with runners on base (dating back to the 2004 ALCS) by lining a two-out single to left center, scoring Jeter from second and knocking Twins starter Brian Duensing out of the game. Matsui then belted a two-run home run into Monument Park off reliever Francisco Liriano, making it 6–2 Yankees. Rodriguez added another RBI single in the seventh to complete the scoring. Sabathia settled down after the third inning, striking out eight and limiting the Twins to two runs (one earned) and eight hits in 6 2⁄3 innings of work. The Yankees bullpen then combined for 2 1⁄3 innings of scoreless relief.
Game 2, October 9 
|WP: David Robertson (1–0) LP: José Mijares (0–1)
NYY: Alex Rodriguez (1), Mark Teixeira (1)
Late-game heroics from Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira powered the Yankees past the Twins in Game 2 for a commanding two-games-to-none series lead. With the Yankees trailing 3–1 in the bottom of the ninth, Teixeira led off with a single off Twins closer Joe Nathan, and Rodriguez followed with a dramatic game-tying two-run home run into the Yankee bullpen in right center. The Yankees threatened to win the game in the tenth, putting runners on first and third with one out, but Johnny Damon lined out to shortstop Orlando Cabrera and Brett Gardner was doubled off third to end the inning. But the game, and possibly the series, turned in the top of the eleventh when the Twins mounted a threat of their own, beginning with a Joe Mauer base hit later in an at-bat in which he had already been denied a ground-rule double on a blown call by left field umpire Phil Cuzzi, who erroneously called Mauer's drive down the left field line foul. Replays showed the ball tipped off Yankees left fielder Melky Cabrera's glove and land in fair territory by almost a foot. Two subsequent Twins hits moved baserunners up a single base and loaded the bases with nobody out, prompting claims that Cuzzi's officiating error cost the Twins a run and possibly the game. Yankees reliever David Robertson was able to work out of the jam, bringing the total number of runners left on base by the Twins to seventeen. That set the stage for Teixeira, who opened the bottom of the frame by lining José Mijares' 2–1 pitch down the line and just over the left field wall for a walk-off home run.
Game 3, October 11 
|WP: Andy Pettitte (1–0) LP: Carl Pavano (0–1) Sv: Mariano Rivera (1)
NYY: Alex Rodriguez (2), Jorge Posada (1)
Starters Carl Pavano and Andy Pettitte matched zeroes until the bottom of the sixth, when Joe Mauer singled off Pettitte to put the Twins ahead 1–0. The Yankees seized the lead half an inning later on a pair of opposite field solo home runs by Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada. In the eighth, Nick Punto led off with a double off New York's Phil Hughes and Denard Span followed with an infield single, but Punto made a wide turn around third and was thrown out trying to get back to the bag, effectively ending the threat. The Yankees scored twice more in the ninth and Mariano Rivera recorded the final four outs, earning the save and sending the Yankees on to the American League Championship Series in the Twins' final game at the Metrodome.
Composite box 
|New York Yankees||0||0||2||1||3||1||3||0||4||0||1||15||23||0|
|Total attendance: 154,205 Average attendance: 51,402|
Los Angeles vs. Boston 
Game 1, October 8 
|WP: John Lackey (1–0) LP: Jon Lester (0–1)
LAA: Torii Hunter (1)
Game 1 started off as a pitchers' duel between Los Angeles' John Lackey and Boston's Jon Lester. Each starter gave up four hits; however, one of the hits given up by Lester was a three-run home run by Torii Hunter in the fifth inning that proved to be all the run support Lackey needed. Los Angeles scored two more runs in the seventh inning on a Kendry Morales RBI single that scored Vladimir Guerrero and Juan Rivera. This was the first time the Red Sox had been shut out in postseason play since Game 2 of the 1995 ALDS, and the first ever shutout by Angels pitching in the postseason.
Game 2, October 9 
|WP: Jered Weaver (1–0) LP: Josh Beckett (0–1) Sv: Brian Fuentes (1)|
The Angels broke a 1–1 tie with three runs in the seventh to hand Josh Beckett his first loss in nine postseason starts since Game 3 of the 2003 World Series. Maicer Izturis broke the deadlock with an RBI single and Erick Aybar's two-run triple over center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury's head chased Beckett from the game two batters later. Angels starter Jered Weaver continued in the footsteps of Game 1 starter John Lackey with a masterful performance, striking out seven while limiting the Red Sox offense to one run on two hits and two walks in 7 1⁄3 innings.
Game 3, October 11 
|WP: Darren Oliver (1–0) LP: Jonathan Papelbon (0–1) Sv: Brian Fuentes (2)
LAA: Kendry Morales (1)
BOS: J.D. Drew (1)
The Angels stunned the Red Sox and the Fenway crowd with two runs in the eighth and three in the ninth, overcoming late-inning deficits of 5–2 and 6–4 to sweep the series and advance to the American League Championship Series.
Scott Kazmir started for Los Angeles and was largely ineffective, surrendering five runs on five hits and three walks in six innings. J.D. Drew supplied the big blow in the fifth, a two-run home run that gave Boston what seemed like a comfortable 5–1 lead. The Angels chipped away against Boston starter Clay Buchholz in the sixth, putting runners on first and third with none out before Kendry Morales grounded into a run-scoring 5–4–3 double play.
Red Sox reliever Billy Wagner worked into a second-and-third, two-out jam in the eighth, prompting manager Terry Francona to summon Jonathan Papelbon from the bullpen for a four-out save. Juan Rivera greeted Papelbon by lining his first pitch to right center for a two-run single, momentarily making it a 5–4 game, but Boston added an insurance run in the bottom of the inning. Papelbon retired the first two batters in the top of the ninth, but Erick Aybar kept the inning alive with a two-strike single. After Chone Figgins worked a walk, Bobby Abreu, also down to his final strike, doubled off the Green Monster to score Aybar from second. Torii Hunter then received an intentional walk, loading the bases for Vladimir Guerrero. Guerrero ripped Papelbon's first pitch for a two-run single to center, putting the Angels ahead 7–6. Closer Brian Fuentes retired the Red Sox in order in the bottom of the inning for the save.
Composite box 
|Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||0||0||0||2||3||1||5||2||3||16||24||1|
|Boston Red Sox||0||0||3||3||0||0||0||1||0||7||15||4|
|Total attendance: 128,997 Average attendance: 42,999|
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