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Game 4 of ALCS pushed back one day

BOSTON -- Rain caused Major League Baseball to postpone Game
4 of the AL championship series Sunday night between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees.

The tarp never came off the infield at Fenway Park, and the
announcement was made 50 minutes before the game was scheduled to
start at 8:18 p.m.

"The field is in difficult condition right now, there's been a
lot of rain. This field doesn't absorb rain real well," said Sandy
Alderson, executive vice president of baseball operations in the
commissioner's office.

"We did check the forecast, we're going to have intermittent
showers all night. ... Given the magnitude of this game and the
importance of this series, we felt it was best to reschedule."

The game was pushed back until 8:18 p.m. Monday, when Game 5
originally had been scheduled at Fenway Park. The fifth game was
rescheduled for 4:18 p.m. Tuesday.

"It's the right call. We walked the field. It's not playable,"
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said.

New York leads the best-of-seven series 2-1. If a sixth game is
needed, it would be played Wednesday as scheduled at Yankee Stadium
-- meaning there would not be an off day for travel.

Both teams also juggled their pitching rotations because of the rainout. The Yankees' Mike Mussina was supposed to pitch Game 5, but will pitch Monday's Game 4 instead; Mussina usually feels better when he takes his regular turn, every fifth day. David Wells, who was already preparing to pitch Sunday's game when it was called off, will start Game 5, with Andy Pettitte and Roger Clemens scheduled to follow in Games 6 and 7, according to ESPN's Peter Gammons.

Tim Wakefield, who beat the Yankees with his knuckleball in Game 1, will start Game 4. Boston manager Grady Little has not yet identified his starter for Game 5. It's possible the outcome of Game 4 will be a factor: If the Red Sox win, then John Burkett could start Game 5; if the Red Sox lose, then Little might choose Derek Lowe, Gammons reported.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.