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Last Updated: Friday, 17 October, 2003, 04:26 GMT 05:26 UK
Yankees into World Series
NY Yankees celebrate
Boone celebrates his game-winning home run
New York Yankees will take on the Florida Marlins in the World Series after coming through an epic American League Championship decider with the Boston Red Sox.

Aaron Boone hit a home run in the second extra innings to give the Yankees a 6-5 victory, and the series 4-3.

When the Red Sox led 4-0 after four innings at Yankee Stadium, it seemed they were finally going to get one over on their arch rivals.

However, the home side made a dramatic comeback, levelling at 5-5 going into the ninth, before Boone ended two nervous extra innings.

Boone said: "This is unbelievable... there are so many heroes today.

"You gotta be kidding me. It's awesome."

After the Marlins fought back from 3-1 down to defeat Chicago on Thursday, denying the Cubs a chance at their first world championship since 1908, the Yankees ensured there was to be no romantic end to the season.

Boston were last in the World Series in 1986, and last won the ultimate prize in 1918, since when the Yankees have won 26 championships.

And Boston started the decider superbly, forcing former player and star Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens into a low-key early exit.

In possibly his last game at the age of 41, Clemens gave up two home runs and left the arena after four innings.

At that stage the Red Sox were in command, thanks to Kevin Millar's single, a Jason Varitek double and two Trot Nixon homers.

But the tide turned as Jason Giambi homered twice for the Yankees, before Jorge Posada tied it in the eighth with a two-run double.

And with both sides unable to score in the following two innings, it fell to Boone to be the hero in the bottom of the 11th with his first post-season home run.

The Yankees will host National League champions Florida in the first of the best-of-seven World Series on Saturday.



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