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NY YANKEES AT BOSTON, POSTPONED (RAIN)

10/12/2003

BOSTON (Ticker) -- Mother Nature found a way to cool off the
heated rivalry between the New York yankees and Boston Red Sox.

A full day of rain has resulted in the postponement of Game Four
of the American League Championship Series between the Yankees
and Red Sox.

The Yankees hold a 2-1 series lead after Saturday's emotionally
charged 4-3 victory, which featured a bench-clearing beanball
incident. Game Four will be played Monday night, with Game Five
shifted to Tuesday afternoon.

Rain fell all day, soaking the outfield grass at Fenway Park.
Major League Baseball called the game roughly 35 minutes before
first pitch.

The decision was not unexpected and both managers admitted that
a postponement would factor into how they worked their
rotations. Boston could skip No. 4 starter John Burkett and go
with knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, who dominated the Yankees in
Game One.

"A rainout will affect our starting rotation but we will make
that announcement after a rainout comes," Red Sox manager Grady
Little said before the game.

New York was scheduled to start lefthander David Wells but will
switch to Game One loser Mike Mussina. Wells will start Game
Five on Tuesday.

Tuesday originally was a travel day for the long-time rivals,
who had an incident-filled Game Three. A benches-clearing
melee and an altercation between Yankees players and a Fenway
Park grounds crew member drew the wrath of Commissioner Bud
Selig, who fined three players and Yankees bench coach Don
Zimmer.