Detroit Tigers vs. Oakland Athletics - In the fourth post-season matchup between Oakland and Detroit, the 2013 ALDS was a spitting image of last years five game series, including the outcome. Detroit's ace, Justin Verlander, came through with a 7 inning no-hitter to hoist the Tigers past the A's in game 5.
Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays - Tampa Bay put on an impressive run into the playoffs but came up short in their ALDS meeting with the Boston Red Sox who dominated the AL all season long. Though the Rays showed signs of upset in their game, the Red Sox closed the series in #1 seed fashion during game 4.
The American League Division Series features two best-of-five-game series between three regular season divisional winners and a fourth Wild Card game winner. Initially the ALDS was played in a 2-3 format but in 1998 the MLB adopted the 2-2-1 format where the higher seed team gets home field advantage in games 1, 2, and 5 while the lower seed team hosts games 3 and 4.
Experiencing the ALDS is a great way to watch the best teams in the American League play at the top of their game. With a season as long as the MLB's reaching the postseason is the ultimate goal for every team and the ALDS is where it all starts. Winners of the divisional series move on to the ALCS with hopes of getting through to the World Series.