|2000 American League Division Series|
|Dates||October 3 – 6|
|TV announcers||Chris Berman, Rick Sutcliffe|
|Radio announcers||Ernie Harwell, Dave Campbell|
|Dates||October 3 – 8|
|Television||NBC (Games 1, 3–4)/Pax (Game 1)|
Fox (Games 2, 5)
|TV announcers||Skip Caray, Joe Morgan (Games 1, 3–4)|
Joe Buck, Tim McCarver (Game 2)
Thom Brennaman, Bob Brenly (Game 5)
|Radio announcers||Dan Shulman, Buck Martinez|
|Umpires||Charlie Reliford, Kerwin Danley, Mike Reilly, Mike Winters, Rick Reed, Doug Eddings (Mariners–White Sox, Games 1–2; Yankees–Athletics, Games 3–5)|
Tim Welke, Chuck Meriwether, Tim McClelland, Paul Schrieber, Al Clark, Jeff Nelson (Yankees–Athletics, Games 1–2; Mariners–White Sox, Game 3)
The 2000 American League Division Series (ALDS), the opening round of the 2000 American League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 3, and ended on Sunday, October 8, 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) Chicago White Sox (Central Division champion, 95–67) vs. (4) Seattle Mariners (Wild Card, 91–71): Mariners win series, 3–0.
- (2) Oakland Athletics (Western Division champion, 91–70) vs. (3) New York Yankees (Eastern Division champion, 87–74): Yankees win series, 3–2.
The Mariners and the defending World Series champion Yankees went on to meet in the AL Championship Series for the right to advance to the 2000 World Series against the National League champion New York Mets.
Chicago White Sox vs. Seattle Mariners
Seattle won the series, 3–0.
|1||October 3||Seattle Mariners – 7, Chicago White Sox – 4 (10 innings)||Comiskey Park (II)||4:12||45,290|
|2||October 4||Seattle Mariners – 5, Chicago White Sox – 2||Comiskey Park (II)||3:16||45,383|
|3||October 6||Chicago White Sox – 1, Seattle Mariners – 2||Safeco Field||2:40||48,010|
Oakland Athletics vs. New York Yankees
New York won the series, 3–2.
|1||October 3||New York Yankees – 3, Oakland Athletics – 5||Network Associates Coliseum||3:04||47,360|
|2||October 4||New York Yankees – 4, Oakland Athletics – 0||Network Associates Coliseum||3:15||47,860|
|3||October 6||Oakland Athletics – 2, New York Yankees – 4||Yankee Stadium (I)||3:12||56,606|
|4||October 7||Oakland Athletics – 11, New York Yankees – 1||Yankee Stadium (I)||3:42||56,915|
|5||October 8||New York Yankees – 7, Oakland Athletics – 5||Network Associates Coliseum||3:50||41,170|
Chicago vs. Seattle
The Seattle Mariners returned to the postseason to avenge two postseason failures in the 1990s. The Chicago White Sox returned to the postseason for the first time since 1993. This series ended with a game-winning bunt by Carlos Guillén in Game 3.
|WP: José Mesa (1–0) LP: Keith Foulke (0–1) Sv: Kazuhiro Sasaki (1)|
SEA: Joe Oliver (1), Edgar Martínez (1), John Olerud (1)
CWS: Ray Durham (1)
Freddy García faced Jim Parque in the series opener in Chicago. Parque struggled early and often, allowing a single to Rickey Henderson and hitting Mike Cameron with a pitch to open the game. An RBI single by Alex Rodriguez that moved Cameron to third and a forceout by John Olerud put the Mariners up 2–0. Joe Oliver's leadoff homer made it 3–0 in the second. However, in the bottom half, Paul Konerko drew a leadoff walk, moved to second on a groundout, and scored on a triple by Chris Singleton, who then scored on a wild pitch by García to make it a one-run game. In the bottom of the third, the Mariners' lead evaporated when Ray Durham homered to tie it, then José Valentín walked before Magglio Ordóñez tripled in the go-ahead run for Chicago.
The game remained 4–3 until the top of the seventh, when Cameron hit a two-out bases-loaded single off Chad Bradford, who had just relieved Bob Howry. That hit to right almost gave the Mariners the lead, but David Bell was thrown out at home by Ordóñez to end the inning. Seattle threatened again in the eighth and Chicago in the ninth, but both came up empty and the game moved to extra innings. In the top of the tenth, Cameron led off with a single to left off closer Keith Foulke, then Rodriguez flew out high to left. After an unconventional conference with manager Lou Piniella and a pitchout, Cameron stole second on a 2–0 changeup, then Edgar Martínez lined the next pitch over the left field wall. On the very next pitch, Olerud homered to center, and the Mariners led by three. Closer Kazuhiro Sasaki gave up a leadoff double off Bell's glove, then got a ground ball to second and struck out two for the save.
|WP: Paul Abbott (1–0) LP: Mike Sirotka (0–1) Sv: Kazuhiro Sasaki (2)|
SEA: Jay Buhner (1)
The White Sox struck first with back-to-back leadoff doubles by Ray Durham and José Valentín off Paul Abbott, but the Mariners loaded the bases in the second off Mike Sirotka on a double, walk, and hit-by-pitch when David Bell's single and Dan Wilson's sacrifice fly scored a run each, putting them up 2−1. The White Sox tied the game in the third on Carlos Lee's sacrifice fly, but Seattle regained the lead on Jay Buhner's home run in the fourth.
Next inning, Rickey Henderson drew a leadoff walk, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, stole third, and scored on Alex Rodriguez's groundout to make it 4−2 Mariners. In the ninth, they extended the lead to 5−2 on Mike Cameron's RBI single off Mark Buehrle that scored Mark McLemore from third, the run charged to Bill Simas. Seattle closer Kazuhiro Sasaki struck out all three batters he faced in the bottom of the inning as the Mariners went up 2−0 and the series headed to Seattle.
|WP: José Paniagua (1–0) LP: Kelly Wunsch (0–1)|
In Game 3, the first postseason game at Safeco Field, James Baldwin faced Aaron Sele in the clincher. Facing elimination, the White Sox took an early 1–0 lead in the top of the second on a sacrifice fly by Herbert Perry to score Harold Baines, who had doubled and went to third on a fly out to right. In the bottom of the fourth, the Mariners tied the game on an RBI single by Stan Javier. A pitcher's duel took place and both teams struggled to score in the afternoon autumn sun, with only seven hits total in the first eight innings, tied at one run each.
Lefthander Arthur Rhodes relieved Sele in the eighth and threw one pitch, which resulted in an inning-ending double play by second baseman Mark McLemore. Rhodes struck out the first two batters in the top of the ninth and José Paniagua came in to face Frank Thomas, who was hitless in the series. After three balls, the count was worked to full but ended in a walk, then Magglio Ordóñez struck out. In the bottom of the ninth, John Olerud hit a hard line drive back at lefthander Kelly Wunsch and off his stomach, toward the third base line; his rushed errant throw allowed Olerud to move to second. Keith Foulke relieved Wunsch and Rickey Henderson entered as a pinch runner; Javier's sacrifice bunt toward third moved Henderson to third. David Bell walked on four pitches and then pinch hitter Carlos Guillén swung and fouled off the first pitch. He then drove in the series-winning run with a walk-off drag bunt past a diving Thomas.
|Chicago White Sox||1||3||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||7||17||2|
|Total attendance: 138,683 Average attendance: 46,228|
Oakland vs. New York
|WP: Gil Heredia (1–0) LP: Roger Clemens (0–1) Sv: Jason Isringhausen (1)|
Opening on the road in Oakland, New York's Jorge Posada singled with two outs in the second inning off Gil Heredia, then back-to-back RBI doubles by Luis Sojo and Scott Brosius put the Yankees up 2−0. Roger Clemens allowed a single to Eric Chavez to open the inning and allowed a subsequent walk to Jeremy Giambi. Ramón Hernández's RBI single cut the Yankees' lead to 2−1, then one out later, Randy Velarde's RBI single tied the game before a wild pitch to Jason Giambi put the A's up 3−2. Bernie Williams doubled to lead off the top of the sixth, moved to second on a groundout and scored on Tino Martinez's sacrifice fly to tie the game, but, in the bottom of the inning, Chavez and Giambi hit back-to-back two-out singles before Hernandez's double scored Chavez with Giambi thrown out at home to end the inning with the A's up 4−3. They got an insurance run in the eighth off Mike Stanton when Miguel Tejada hit a leadoff single, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on Chavez's single. Jason Isringhausen retired the Yankees in order in the ninth as the A's 5−3 win put them up 1−0 in the series.
|WP: Andy Pettitte (1–0) LP: Kevin Appier (0–1) Sv: Mariano Rivera (1)|
In Game 2, Andy Pettitte pitched 7⅔ shutout innings, allowing five hits and one walk. Mariano Rivera pitched 1⅓ shutout innings for the save. Oakland's Kevin Appier pitched five shutout innings before allowing runners on first and third with two outs in the sixth before Glenallen Hill's single scored a run, then Luis Sojo's double scored two more to put the Yankees up 3−0. They made it 4−0 in the ninth on Clay Bellinger's RBI double with runners on first and third off Jeff Tam. The series was tied 1−1 and headed to New York.
|WP: Orlando Hernández (1–0) LP: Tim Hudson (0–1) Sv: Mariano Rivera (2)|
OAK: Terrence Long (1)
In Game 3 in New York, the A's got runners on first and second on two walks off Orlando Hernandez in the second inning when Jeremy Giambi's RBI single put them up 1−0, but, in the bottom of the inning, the Yankees got runners on first and third with no outs off Tim Hudson when Glenallen Hill's fielder's choice tied the game. One out later, Scott Brosius walked to load the bases before Derek Jeter's RBI single put the Yankees up 2−1.
In the fourth, Luis Sojo drew a leadoff walk, moved to third on an error, and scored on Jeter's forceout. Terrence Long's home run in the fifth cut the Yankees' lead to one. New York extended their lead to 4−2 in the eighth on Sojo's single that scored Tino Martinez from second with Sojo tagged out at second to end the inning. Hudson pitched a complete game in a losing effort as Mariano Rivera pitched a scoreless ninth for the save, and the Yankees were one win away from the ALCS.
|WP: Barry Zito (1–0) LP: Roger Clemens (0–2)|
OAK: Olmedo Sáenz (1)
In Game 4, Oakland, in a must-win situation, struck first when after two walks, Olmedo Saenz's three-run home run off Roger Clemens gave them a 3−0 first-inning lead. In the sixth, Clemens allowed a leadoff single to Eric Chavez and subsequent double to Miguel Tejada before both men scored on Ben Grieve's single. Mike Stanton relieved Clemens and allowed a single to Jeremy Giambi before Grieve scored on Ramón Hernández's forceout to put the A's up 6−0. The Yankees scored their only run of the game in the bottom of the inning on Jorge Posada's double with two on off Barry Zito.
Tejada drew a leadoff walk off Randy Choate in the eighth and stole second. After Ben Grieve struck out, Ryan Christenson's RBI single off Dwight Gooden made it 7−1 Oakland. They loaded the bases in the ninth with no outs on a double, walk, and hit-by-pitch. Adam Piatt relieved Gooden and allowed a two-run double to Chavez, RBI groundout to Tejada, and RBI single to Bo Porter. Doug Jones pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth as the Athletics' 11−1 blowout win forced a Game 5 back in Oakland.
|WP: Mike Stanton (1–0) LP: Gil Heredia (1–1) Sv: Mariano Rivera (3)|
NYY: David Justice (1)
In Game 5 in Oakland, the Yankees loaded the bases in the top of the first inning on a walk and two singles when Bernie Williams's sacrifice fly put them up 1−0. David Justice walked to reload the bases before Tino Martinez cleared them with a double. After Jorge Posada singled, Oakland starter Gil Heredia was relieved by Jeff Tam, who allowed a sacrifice fly to Luis Sojo, then Scott Brosius singled before Chuck Knoblauch's RBI single made it 6−0. The A's loaded the bases in the second on two singles and a walk off Andy Pettitte when Randy Velarde's two-run single made it 6−2.
Next inning, Miguel Tejada singled with one out and scored on Eric Chavez's double, but New York got that run back on Justice's home run in the fourth off Kevin Appier---the Yankees' only home run in this series. In the bottom of the inning, the A's loaded the bases on two singles and a walk when back-to-back sacrifice flies by Jason Giambi and Olmedo Saenz made it 7−5. After allowing a single to Tejada, Pettitte was relieved by Mike Stanton, who pitched two shutout innings in relief to get the win. Neither team scored for the rest of the game as the Yankees' win advanced them to the ALCS. During the Yankees' run of three consecutive World Series titles from 1998-2000, this was the only time they faced elimination in the postseason.
|New York Yankees||6||4||0||2||0||5||0||1||1||19||41||2|
|Total attendance: 249,911 Average attendance: 49,982|
- The higher seed (in parentheses) had the home field advantage (Games 1, 2 and 5 at home), which was determined by playing record. The team with the best record was assigned to play the wild card team, unless they were in the same division. The Athletics were not required to make up their one remaining game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in order to win the Western Division title over Seattle; as both teams had qualified for the postseason, Oakland was awarded the division title in the event of a tie on the basis of a 9–4 advantage in head-to-head play.
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