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Rain postpones Game 4 of ALCS
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10/12/2003  7:41 PM ET 
Rain postpones Game 4 of ALCS
Yanks, Sox to play Monday night, Tuesday afternoon
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Standing water on the field at Fenway Park contributed to Major League Baseball's decision to postpone Game 4 of the ALCS. (Jason Kennedy/Icon/MLB.com)
BOSTON -- Faced with a soggy Fenway Park outfield and the threat of more rain later in the evening, Major League Baseball on Sunday opted to postpone Game 4 of the American League Championship Series. The announcement was made at 7:25 p.m. ET on Sunday.

Game 4 of the ALCS will now be played Monday night beginning at 8 p.m. ET. Game 5, originally scheduled for Monday, has been bumped to Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. ET. The off-day that was planned for Tuesday between Games 5 and 6 has been canceled.

The forecast for Monday in Boston is a high in the mid-60s and windy, but sunny.

Tickets for Sunday's game will be honored Tuesday afternoon at Fenway Park. Only tickets for Game 5 will be honored on Monday.

Games 6 and 7, scheduled to be played Wednesday and Thursday in New York, will go on as planned if necessary.

"The field was in very bad condition," said Sandy Alderson, Major League Baseball's Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations. "It had been taking a lot of water and the water table here is such that the field doesn't drain very well, and as a result there was a lot of standing water and a lot of soft spots.

"There were too many areas that weren't playable. I asked both managers to give us their input and there was unanimity that the field was not in good enough condition and even if the rain had stopped, which was not our forecast, the playing conditions would not have improved."

Mike Mussina, originally slated to start Game 5 for the Yankees, will now start Game 4. David Wells, who was slated to start Game 4, has been pushed back to Game 5. Tim Wakefield, originally penciled in as the Game 5 starter, will now start Game 4. Boston will announce its Game 5 starter on Monday, though signs point to Derek Lowe.

Yankees manager Joe Torre said that he was not surprised that the game was rained out, as he walked the field shortly before the decision was made.

"It was wet, and there were some bad spots in the outfield," Torre said. "It only takes one spot for somebody to get hurt. I have no problem with what they did."

The postponement will give the two teams an extra day to allow the emotions of Game 3 to settle down, though Torre believes that the Yankees were focused and prepared.

"We were ready to play," Torre said. "We weren't looking to do anything other than hopefully run our winning streak to three games. It's a letdown, but we'll be back tomorrow."

Red Sox manager Grady Little agreed with the postponement.

"The only way that this has any affect at all is that (Monday's) conditions will be much better," Little said. "It will be sunny outside, and it will be less likely for any field conditions to determine the outcome of any game. It was as bad as I've seen it and we all know how slowly the (Fenway) field drains. Tomorrow, it will just be better to play a baseball game. The forecast is much better, the field won't be in the shape it's in now."

Kevin Czerwinski is a reporter for MLB.com. Jim Street contributed to this report. This story was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.




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