1996 American League Division Series

The 1996 American League Division Series (ALDS), the opening round of the 1996 American League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 1, and ended on Saturday, October 5, with the champions of the three AL divisions—along with a "wild card" team—participating in two best-of-five series. The teams were:


The Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees went on to meet in the AL Championship Series (ALCS). The Yankees became the American League champion, and defeated the of National League champion Atlanta Braves in the 1996 World Series.

1996 American League Division Series
Team (Wins) Manager Season
Baltimore Orioles (3) Davey Johnson 88–74, .543, GB: 4
Cleveland Indians (1) Mike Hargrove 99–62, .615, GA: 14½
DatesOctober 1 – 5
TelevisionESPN (Games 1–3)
ESPN2 (Game 4)
TV announcersJon Miller, Dave Campbell and Kirby Puckett (Game 1)
Jon Miller and Joe Morgan (Game 2)
Chris Berman and Buck Martinez (Games 3–4)
Radio announcersErnie Harwell and Rick Cerone
Team (Wins) Manager Season
New York Yankees (3) Joe Torre 92–70, .568, GA: 4
Texas Rangers (1) Johnny Oates 90–72, .556, GA: 4½
DatesOctober 1 – 5
TelevisionNBC (Games 1, 3)
Fox (Game 2)
ESPN (Game 4)
TV announcersBob Costas, Bob Uecker and Joe Morgan (Games 1, 3)
Thom Brennaman and Bob Brenly (Game 2)
Jon Miller and Dave Campbell (Game 4)
Radio announcersGary Cohen and Jim Hunter
UmpiresDrew Coble, Greg Kosc, Tim Tschida, Tim Welke, John Shulock, Ted Hendry (Indians–Orioles, Games 1–2; Yankees–Rangers, Games 3–4)
Jim Evans, Ken Kaiser, Durwood Merrill, Larry Young, Al Clark, Mark Johnson (Yankees–Rangers, Games 1–2; Indians–Orioles, Games 3–4)


Cleveland Indians vs. Baltimore Orioles

Baltimore won the series, 3–1.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 1 Cleveland Indians – 4, Baltimore Orioles – 10 Oriole Park at Camden Yards 3:27 47,644[2] 
2 October 2 Cleveland Indians – 4, Baltimore Orioles – 7 Oriole Park at Camden Yards 3:27 48,970[3] 
3 October 4 Baltimore Orioles – 4, Cleveland Indians – 9 Jacobs Field 3:44 44,250[4] 
4 October 5 Baltimore Orioles – 4, Cleveland Indians – 3 (12 innings) Jacobs Field 4:41 44,280[5]

Texas Rangers vs. New York Yankees

New York won the series, 3–1.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 1 Texas Rangers – 6, New York Yankees – 2 Yankee Stadium (I) 2:50 57,205[6] 
2 October 2 Texas Rangers – 4, New York Yankees – 5 (12 innings) Yankee Stadium (I) 4:25 57,156[7] 
3 October 4 New York Yankees – 3, Texas Rangers – 2 The Ballpark in Arlington 3:09 50,860[8] 
4 October 5 New York Yankees – 6, Texas Rangers – 4 The Ballpark in Arlington 3:57 50,066[9]

Cleveland vs. Baltimore

Game 1, October 1

Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 0 1 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 4 10 0
Baltimore 1 1 2 0 0 5 1 0 X 10 12 1
WP: David Wells (1–0)   LP: Charles Nagy (0–1)
Home runs:
CLE: Manny Ramírez (1)
BAL: Brady Anderson (1), B. J. Surhoff 2 (2), Bobby Bonilla (1)

It was Baltimore's first playoff game since the clinching Game 5 of the 1983 World Series. For the Indians, it was their second consecutive division title. Charles Nagy and David Wells matched each other, but in the wrong way. Brady Anderson's leadoff homer in the bottom of the first gave the Orioles a 1–0 lead. In the top of the second, Manny Ramírez led off with a home run of his own to tie the game. Then B. J. Surhoff's one-out home run gave the Orioles the lead back. In the third, after a leadoff single, the Orioles added two more runs on an RBI double by Rafael Palmeiro and an RBI single by Cal Ripken, Jr., but after a single and double, Sandy Alomar, Jr. singled home a run and Omar Vizquel followed with a sacrifice fly that made it a one-run game in the fourth. That made it 4–3 and the Orioles needed to put the game away. With one out in the sixth, the Orioles loaded the bases on a single and two walks and chased Nagy out of the game. His reliever, Alan Embree, made things worse for Cleveland. He allowed a sacrifice fly that made it 5–3, then hit Palmeiro. With the bases loaded, Bobby Bonilla got his only hit of the game: a grand slam off Paul Shuey, which made it 9–3 Orioles. In the seventh, Vizquel hit a ground-rule double and scored on Kenny Lofton's single, but the Orioles got that run back in the bottom of the inning on Surhoff's second home run of the game off Shuey. Four Baltimore relievers held the Indians scoreless over the last 2 2/3 innings as the Orioles took a 1–0 series lead with a 10–4 win.

Game 2, October 2

Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 4 8 2
Baltimore 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 X 7 9 0
WP: Armando Benítez (1–0)   LP: Eric Plunk (0–1)   Sv: Randy Myers (1)
Home runs:
CLE: Albert Belle (1)
BAL: Brady Anderson (2)

After a 37-minute rain delay, Game 2 commenced. Veterans Orel Hershiser of Cleveland and Scott Erickson of Baltimore met in this crucial game. In the bottom of the first, after two two-out walks, first baseman Kevin Seitzer's error on Bobby Bonilla's ground ball gave the Orioles the lead. In the bottom of the fifth, a Brady Anderson lead off home run made it 2–0 Orioles. After a two-out single and walk, a Cal Ripken, Jr. single and Eddie Murray double scored a run each to make it 4–0, but the Indians rallied for three runs in the sixth. Kenny Lofton singled with one out, stole two bases, and scored on Seitzer's groundout. After a single, a two-run home run by Albert Belle made it a one-run game. In the eighth, the Indians loaded the bases on two singles off Jesse Orosco and walk off Armando Benitez before a misjudged fly ball by Brady Anderson from Julio Franco allowed them to tie the game at four, but, in the bottom of the eighth, the Orioles loaded the bases with no outs on a double and two walks off Eric Plunk, then a B.J. Surhoff groundout put them back atop 5–4 off Paul Assenmacher. A walk reloaded the bases before an Anderson sacrifice fly scored another run, then after another walk reloaded the bases, an RBI hit by Roberto Alomar off Julian Tavarez made it 7–4 Orioles. In the ninth, Randy Myers had a 1–2–3 inning for the save, giving Baltimore a 2–0 series lead heading to Cleveland.

Game 3, October 4

Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 4 8 2
Cleveland 1 2 0 1 0 0 4 1 X 9 10 0
WP: Paul Assenmacher (1–0)   LP: Jesse Orosco (0–1)
Home runs:
BAL: B. J. Surhoff (3)
CLE: Manny Ramírez (2), Albert Belle (2)

Game 3 was critical with Cleveland facing elimination. Mike Mussina was sent to the mound against Jack McDowell to try to end the series in Cleveland. The Indians scored first when Kenny Lofton reached second on an error by Bobby Bonilla, stole third and scored on Kevin Seitzer's groundout. In the top of the second, the Orioles loaded the bases and forced home a run when McDowell hit Brady Anderson with a pitch, but a Manny Ramírez home run and an RBI double by José Vizcaíno after a single made it 3–1 in the bottom half. In the top of the fourth, B. J. Surhoff silenced the crowd with a towering three-run home run after two singles that gave the Orioles their first lead of the night. However, Kevin Seitzer would deliver the game-tying RBI single in the bottom of the fourth. The game would remain tied until the bottom of the seventh when the Indians loaded the bases on three walks off Jesse Orosco, then Albert Belle hit a grand slam off Armando Benitez to put the Indians back atop 8–4. They added another run on another RBI hit by Seitzer off Terry Matthews (the run charged to Arthur Rhodes) to ensure a Game 4.

Game 4, October 5

Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Baltimore 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 4 14 1
Cleveland 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 7 1
WP: Armando Benítez (2–0)   LP: José Mesa (0–1)   Sv: Randy Myers (2)
Home runs:
BAL: Rafael Palmeiro (1), Bobby Bonilla (2), Roberto Alomar (1)
CLE: None

Game 4 saw a rematch of Game 1: David Wells vs. Charles Nagy. In the top of the second, back-to-back lead-off home runs by Rafael Palmeiro and Bobby Bonilla gave the Orioles a 2–0 lead. Then, Sandy Alomar, Jr.'s two-run single tied the game in the fourth. In the fifth, the Indians broke the tie with an RBI single by Omar Vizquel to score Jose Vizcaino, who singled and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. The bats on both sides were then silenced until the top of the ninth inning, when José Mesa came on in a save situation and looked to extend the series to a deciding Game 5. However, after two one-out singles, Roberto Alomar's two-out RBI single tied the game. It looked like the Indians might win in the bottom half with two runners in scoring position and two out for Kenny Lofton, but he struck out to force extra innings. In the top of the twelfth, the Orioles recaptured the lead when Roberto Alomar (who would play for Cleveland later in his career) hit the go-ahead home run. Randy Myers would finish off the Indians and send the Orioles to the 1996 American League Championship Series.

Composite box

1996 ALDS (3–1): Baltimore Orioles over Cleveland Indians

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Baltimore Orioles 2 4 2 3 3 5 1 3 1 0 0 1 25 43 4
Cleveland Indians 1 3 0 5 1 3 5 2 0 0 0 0 20 35 3
Total attendance: 185,144   Average attendance: 46,286

Texas vs. New York

Game 1, October 1

Yankee Stadium (I) in Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Texas 0 0 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 6 8 0
New York 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 10 0
WP: John Burkett (1–0)   LP: David Cone (0–1)
Home runs:
TEX: Juan González (1), Dean Palmer (1)
NYY: None

John Burkett took the mound for the Rangers in their first ever postseason game, facing David Cone. The Yankees would get a run in the first on a groundout by Bernie Williams with runners on second and third, but in the fourth, after a leadoff single and walk, Juan González's three-run home run gave the Rangers a 3–1 lead. After a single and strikeout, Dean Palmer's two-run home run made it 5–1. The Yankees would get a run in the bottom half when Tino Martinez doubled with one out and scored on Mariano Duncan's RBI single but no more. The Rangers added an insurance run in the sixth on Mark McLemore's RBI single. Burkett would go the distance for the win. He would allow only two runs despite giving up ten hits.

The Rangers' win in Game 1 was their first postseason win in franchise history. They proceeded to lose the rest of the series to the Yankees, and did not win another postseason game until their pennant season of 2010, when they won Game 1 of the ALDS.

Game 2, October 2

Yankee Stadium (I) in Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Texas 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 8 1
New York 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 5 8 0
WP: Brian Boehringer (1–0)   LP: Mike Stanton (0–1)
Home runs:
TEX: Juan González 2 (3)
NYY: Cecil Fielder (1)

Game 2 proved memorable as Ken Hill faced 21-game winner Andy Pettitte. In the top of the second, innings Juan González's second home run of the series gave the Rangers a 1–0 edge, but two walks and a groundout allowed the Yankees to tie the game in the bottom half on Jim Leyritz's forceout. In the third innings, González hit his third homer of the series, this time a towering three-run home run, to give the Rangers a 4–1 lead, but the Yankees spent the next six innings chipping away at the lead. Cecil Fielder's home run in the fourth innings made it a two-run game. In the seventh, innings Charlie Hayes lifted a sacrifice fly off Dennis Cook to make it a one-run game, the run charged to Hill. In the eighth,innings the Yankees were five outs away from losing when Fielder tied the game with an RBI single to score Bernie Williams, who had the singled to leadoff and moved to second on a fly out. The game moved to extra innings and the Rangers blew scoring opportunities in the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth innings. They would put their leadoff men on but get nothing. In the twelfth, the Yankees put their first two men on off Mike Stanton when Hayes laid down a sacrifice bunt off Mike Henneman, but Dean Palmer made an error on that bunt down the third base line and Jeter managed to score all the way from second base on it, allowing the Yankees to walk off in dramatic fashion.

Game 3, October 4

The Ballpark in Arlington in Arlington, Texas

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 7 1
Texas 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 6 1
WP: Jeff Nelson (1–0)   LP: Darren Oliver (0–1)   Sv: John Wetteland (1)
Home runs:
NYY: Bernie Williams (1)
TEX: Juan González (4)

Game 3 saw Jimmy Key face Darren Oliver. In the first, Oliver gave up a homer to Bernie Williams. That was all the Yankees could muster as Oliver began to settle in. In the bottom of the fourth, Juan González's fourth home run in three games tied the game and earned him the reputation of "Señor October." Then in the fifth, Iván Rodríguez's RBI double with one on gave the Rangers a 2–1 edge. Oliver, along with the Rangers' bullpen, kept the Yankees scoreless until the ninth. After two leadoff singles off Oliver, Williams' sac fly off Mike Henneman to the game and after a groundout and intentional walk, Mariano Duncan's RBI single put the Yankees up 3–2. In the ninth, the Rangers put their leadoff man on with a walk. He would advance to third on a sacrifice and a groundout. That put the tying run 90 feet away and the winning run at the plate, but to John Wetteland got Darryl Hamilton to strike out to end the game.

Game 4, October 5

The Ballpark in Arlington in Arlington, Texas

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 3 1 0 1 0 1 6 12 1
Texas 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 9 0
WP: David Weathers (1–0)   LP: Roger Pavlik (0–1)   Sv: John Wetteland (2)
Home runs:
NYY: Bernie Williams 2 (3)
TEX: Juan González (5)

Kenny Rogers faced Bobby Witt in the potential clincher. Rogers pitched a scoreless first but in the second the Rangers struck for two on RBI hits by Mickey Tettleton after a leadoff double and Iván Rodríguez two outs later after a single. In the third inning Rogers was replaced by Brian Boehringer. Juan González led off the inning with his fifth home run of the series to make it 3–0, then an error by Derek Jeter and the walk put two men on before the Mark McLemore's RBI single gave the Rangers a 4–0 lead, but, in the top of the fourth, after a single, wild pitch and walk put runners on first and third with no outs, Cecil Fielder's RBI single put the Yankees on the board. One out later, Mariano Duncan's RBI single cut Texas's lead to 4–2 and knock Witt out of the game. After a Joe Girardi single loaded the bases off Danny Patterson, Jeter's RBI groundout made it a one-run game. In the fifth, the Yankees tied the game at four when Bernie Williams hit a leadoff home run off Roger Pavlik. In the seventh, the Yankees completed a four-run comeback by taking the lead on Cecil Fielder's RBI single with two on. In the ninth, Williams once again for provided insurance by win hitting his second home run of the game off Mike Stanton. That made it 6–4 Yankees. In the bottom half, the Rangers put the tying runs on against John Wetteland, but he got Will Clark and Dean Palmer, both potential home run threats, to fly out and strike out to end the game and the series.

Composite box

1996 ALDS (3–1): New York Yankees over Texas Rangers

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
New York Yankees 2 1 0 5 1 0 2 1 3 0 0 1 16 37 2
Texas Rangers 0 3 5 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 31 2
Total attendance: 215,287   Average attendance: 53,822


  1. ^ The higher seed (in parentheses) had the home field advantage, which was not tied to playing record but was predetermined—a highly unpopular arrangement which was discontinued after the 1997 playoffs. Also, the team with home field "advantage" was required to play the first two games on the road, with potentially the last three at home, in order to reduce travel. Had the 1996 ALDS been played under the 1998-2011 arrangement, then Cleveland (1) would have still faced off against Baltimore (4) and New York (2) would have likewise still faced off against Texas (3) but would also have had home field advantage. Under the format adopted in 2012, which removed the prohibition against teams from the same division meeting in the Division Series, the matchups also would have been Cleveland-Baltimore and New York-Texas, with the Yankees having home field advantage.
  2. ^ "1996 ALDS - Cleveland Indians vs. Baltimore Orioles - Game 1". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  3. ^ "1996 ALDS - Cleveland Indians vs. Baltimore Orioles - Game 2". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  4. ^ "1996 ALDS - Baltimore Orioles vs. Cleveland Indians - Game 3". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  5. ^ "1996 ALDS - Baltimore Orioles vs. Cleveland Indians - Game 4". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  6. ^ "1996 ALDS - Texas Rangers vs. New York Yankees - Game 1". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
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Charlie Hayes

Charles Dewayne Hayes (born May 29, 1965) is an American former professional baseball third baseman and current coach for the GCL Phillies. Hayes played in Major League Baseball for the San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees, Colorado Rockies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Milwaukee Brewers, and Houston Astros from 1988 through 2001. He was a member of the Yankees' 1996 World Series championship team that beat the Atlanta Braves. He batted and threw right-handed.

Chris Hoiles

Christopher Allen Hoiles (born March 20, 1965) is an American former professional baseball player. He played his entire Major League Baseball career as a catcher for the Baltimore Orioles from 1989 to 1998. Although his playing career was shortened by injuries, Hoiles was considered one of the best all-around catchers in Major League Baseball, performing well both offensively and defensively.

Darryl Hamilton

Darryl Quinn Hamilton (December 3, 1964 – June 21, 2015) was an American professional baseball outfielder who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Milwaukee Brewers (1988, 1990–95), Texas Rangers (1996), San Francisco Giants (1997–98), Colorado Rockies (1998–99) and New York Mets (1999–2001). Hamilton prepped at Louisiana State University Laboratory School in Baton Rouge and then attended Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana.

David Cone

David Brian Cone (born January 2, 1963) is an American former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher, and current color commentator for the New York Yankees on the YES Network and WPIX. A third round draft pick of the Kansas City Royals in 1981 MLB Draft, he made his MLB debut in 1986 and continued playing until 2003, pitching for five different teams. Cone batted left-handed and threw right-handed.

Cone pitched the sixteenth perfect game in baseball history in 1999. On the final game of the 1991 regular season, he struck out 19 batters, tied for second-most ever in a game. The 1994 Cy Young Award winner, he was a five-time All-Star and led the major leagues in strikeouts each season from 1990–92. A two-time 20 game-winner, he set the MLB record for most years between 20-win seasons with 10.

He was a member of five World Series championship teams – 1992 with the Toronto Blue Jays and 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000 with the New York Yankees. His 8–3 career postseason record came over 21 games and 111 innings pitched, with an earned run average (ERA) of 3.80; in World Series play, his ERA was 2.12.Cone is the subject of the book, A Pitcher's Story: Innings With David Cone, by Roger Angell. Cone and Jack Curry co-wrote the autobiography Full Count: The Education of a Pitcher, which was released in May 2019 and made the New York Times Best Seller list shortly after its release.

José Vizcaíno

José Luis Vizcaíno Pimental (born March 26, 1968) is a Dominican former professional baseball player. He was a backup infielder for most of his Major League Baseball (MLB) career. He, along with Darryl Strawberry, and Ricky Ledée are the only Major League Baseball players to have played for all four (former and current) New York teams—the New York Yankees, the New York Mets, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the San Francisco Giants. With the Yankees, he won the 2000 World Series against the Mets.

Juan González (baseball)

Juan Alberto González Vázquez (born October 20, 1969) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder. During his 16 years in the league, González played for four teams, but is most identified with the Texas Rangers baseball club (1989–1999, 2002–2003). One of the premier run producers and most feared hitters of the 1990s and early 2000s, González hit over 40 home runs five times and amassed at least 100 runs batted in eight times. He also had a batting average of .310 or higher in five seasons. In his career as a whole, González averaged an impressive 42 home runs, 135 RBI, and 81 extra-base hits per 162 games, placing him well within the top ten all-time in these season-adjusted statistics.

González was known as a screaming line drive hitter, not a fly-ball home-run hitter as were many power hitters of the 1990s. He was a full-time player at the age of 21 and a two-time MVP before his 30th birthday. González explained his propensity for bringing runners home by saying, "I concentrate more when I see men on base."

List of Texas Rangers Opening Day starting pitchers

The Texas Rangers are a Major League Baseball (MLB) team based in Arlington, Texas. They play in the American League West division. The Rangers played their first 11 seasons, from 1961 to 1971, as the Washington Senators, one of three different major league teams to use the name. In Washington, D.C., the Senators played their home games at Griffith Stadium for their inaugural season before moving to Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium the following season. The team moved to Texas in 1972, and played their home games at Arlington Stadium until 1993. The team's current home, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, has been the Rangers' home field since the start of the 1994 season. The first game of the new baseball season for a team is played on Opening Day, and being named the Opening Day starter is an honor, which is often given to the player who is expected to lead the pitching staff that season, though there are various strategic reasons why a team's best pitcher might not start on Opening Day.The Senators/Rangers have used 30 different Opening Day starting pitchers in their 52 seasons. The 30 starters have a combined Opening Day record of 18 wins, 26 losses and 8 no decisions. No decisions are only awarded to the starting pitcher if the game is won or lost after the starting pitcher has left the game or if the starting pitcher pitches fewer than five innings. Of the 7 no decisions, the Rangers went on to win five and lose three of those games, for a team record on Opening Day of 23 wins and 29 losses.Three Texas Rangers Opening Day pitchers—Ferguson Jenkins, Gaylord Perry and Nolan Ryan—have been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.The Senators' first Opening Day starting pitcher was Dick Donovan, who was credited with the loss against the Chicago White Sox in the game played at Griffith Stadium with President John F. Kennedy throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. Though the Senators ended the 1961 with a 61–100 record, 47½ games out of first place, Donovan ended the season leading the American League with a 2.40 ERA.In 1962, the team moved to District of Columbia Stadium (renamed Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in 1969), with Bennie Daniels on the mound for Opening Day. President Kennedy attended the Opening Day game, as the Senators defeated the Detroit Tigers by a score of 4–1. The Senators, and their starting pitchers, lost their next eight Opening Day games. Dick Bosman started on Opening Day for the Senators in 1971, their last season in Washington, D.C., and led the Senators to an 8–0 victory over Vida Blue and the Oakland Athletics.The Rangers advanced to the playoffs in 1996, 1998 and 1999. In each of those three seasons the Rangers faced the New York Yankees in the Divisional Series and lost. In 1996, Ken Hill was the Opening Day starter in a 5–3 win over the Boston Red Sox. In the 1996 American League Division Series, John Burkett started and won the opening game of the series by a 6–2 score, the only game the Rangers won in the series. Burkett was the Opening Day starter in 1998, in a game the Rangers lost 9–2 to the Chicago White Sox. In the 1998 American League Division Series, Todd Stottlemyre started and lost the first game of the series, which the Yankees swept in three games. Rick Helling was the Opening Day starter in 1999, losing 11–5 to the Detroit Tigers. In the 1999 American League Division Series, Aaron Sele was the starter in the opening game of the series, with the Rangers again swept by the Yankees.Kevin Millwood has pitched four consecutive Opening Day starts, in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. Two other Rangers pitchers have pitched three consecutive Opening Day starts: Charlie Hough in 1987, 1988 and 1989 and Nolan Ryan in 1990, 1991 and 1992.Charlie Hough has the most Opening Day starts for the Rangers, with six, and has a record of three wins and one loss. Ken Hill and Kenny Rogers both won both of their decisions, for a perfect 2–0 record. Six other pitchers won their only decision. Colby Lewis had a win and a loss each in his two Opening Day starts. Kevin Millwood and Dick Bosman each lost three of their four Opening Day starts for the Rangers. Pete Richert, Camilo Pascual and Rick Helling each lost both of their starts. Ten pitchers have lost their only start.

Luis Sojo

Luis Beltrán Sojo Sojo ( SOH-hoh; Spanish pronunciation: [ˈlwiz βelˈtɾan ˈsoxo]; born January 3, 1965) is a former Major League Baseball infielder and right-handed batter.

In his career, Sojo filled a role as a utility infielder for the Blue Jays, Angels, Mariners, Pirates and, most notably, for the Yankees.

Major League Baseball on CBS Radio

Major League Baseball on CBS Radio was the de facto title for the CBS Radio Network's coverage of Major League Baseball. Produced by CBS Radio Sports, the program was the official national radio broadcaster for the All-Star Game and the postseason (including the World Series) from 1976 to 1997.

Manny Ramirez

Manuel Arístides Ramírez Onelcida (born May 30, 1972) is a Dominican-American former professional baseball outfielder. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for parts of 19 seasons. He played with the Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox, and Tampa Bay Rays before playing one season in the Chinese Professional Baseball League. Ramirez is recognized for having had great batting skill and power. He was a nine-time Silver Slugger and was one of 27 players to hit 500 career home runs. His 21 grand slams are third all-time, and his 29 postseason home runs are the most in MLB history. He appeared in 12 All-Star Games, with a streak of eleven consecutive games beginning in 1998 that included every season that he played with the Red Sox.Ramirez was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. When he was 13 years old, he moved to New York City with his parents, Onelcida and Aristides. He attended George Washington High School and became a baseball standout. He was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the first round of the 1991 MLB draft, 13th overall. He made his MLB debut on September 2, 1993.

In 1994, Ramirez became a major league regular, and finished second in voting for the Rookie of the Year Award. By 1995, he had become an All-Star. He was with the Indians in playoff appearances in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999; this included an appearance in the 1995 and 1997 World Series. In 1999, Ramirez set the Indians' single-season RBIs record with 165 RBIs. After the 2000 season, Ramirez signed with the Boston Red Sox. During his time in Boston, Ramirez and teammate David Ortiz became one of the best offensive tandems in baseball history. Ramirez led the Red Sox to World Series Championships in 2004 and 2007 before being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2008 as part of a three team deal that also involved the Pittsburgh Pirates.

In 2009 Ramirez was suspended 50 games for violating baseball's drug policy by taking human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), a women's fertility drug that is often taken after steroids. In the spring of 2011, Ramirez was informed by MLB of another violation of its drug policy, and a 100-game suspension. He chose to retire on April 8 rather than be suspended. However, in September 2011, Ramirez wished to be reinstated and agreed in December with the league to a reduced 50-game suspension. Though he played at various points in the Oakland Athletics, Texas Rangers, and Chicago Cubs systems, as well as internationally, Ramirez did not appear in another Major League game.

Known as a complete hitter who could hit for both power and average, and widely regarded as one of the best right handed hitters of his generation, Ramirez finished his career with a lifetime .312 batting average, 555 home runs (15th all time), and 1,831 RBI (18th all time).

Mickey Tettleton

Mickey Lee Tettleton (born September 16, 1960), is an American former professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball for the Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers, and Texas Rangers. Although Tettleton played mostly as a catcher, he also played as a first baseman, an outfielder, and as a designated hitter.Tettleton was named after Baseball Hall of Fame member and fellow Oklahoman, Mickey Mantle. Like the former Yankee star, Tettleton was a switch hitter. He was recognized for having an unusual batting stance: he stood almost straight up at the plate, holding his bat horizontal and bending only when the pitcher began his delivery. He was also distinguished by the huge wad of chewing tobacco he kept in his cheek during games, as well as his claim that Froot Loops were the source of his hitting power.

Mike Stanton (left-handed pitcher)

William Michael Stanton (born June 2, 1967) is a former left-handed specialist relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who enjoyed success over his career, most notably with the Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees. Stanton currently hosts the pregame show for the Houston Astros on AT&T SportsNet Southwest.

Paul Shuey

Paul Kenneth Shuey (born September 16, 1970) is an American former professional baseball player. Primarily a relief pitcher, Shuey pitched in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Cleveland Indians (1994–2002), Los Angeles Dodgers (2002–2003) and Baltimore Orioles (2007).

Shuey was honored as an All-American as a college baseball pitcher for the North Carolina Tar Heels baseball team. The Indians selected Shuey with the second overall selection of the 1992 MLB draft. Envisioned as a comparable pitcher to Cincinnati Reds closer Rob Dibble, Shuey had more success as a setup reliever than closer.Injuries sidelined Shuey throughout his career, preventing him from becoming a closer. When healthy, he enjoyed success with the Indians as a setup pitcher. He was traded to the Dodgers in 2002 to be their set up man while contending for a playoff spot. He pitched well until a hip injury initially suffered in 1999 forced Shuey to retire in 2004. After an experimental medical procedure, Shuey returned to baseball briefly in 2007 with the Orioles. He retired after that season, and took up a professional career in bass fishing, competing in what he considers "Double-A"-level tournaments.

Rafael Palmeiro

Rafael Palmeiro Corrales (born September 24, 1964) is a Cuban American former Major League Baseball first baseman and left fielder. Palmeiro was an All-American at Mississippi State University before being drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 1985. He played for the Cubs (1986–1988), Texas Rangers (1989–1993, 1999–2003), and the Baltimore Orioles (1994–1998, 2004–2005).

He was named to the MLB All-Star Team four times, and won the Gold Glove three times. He is a member of the 500 home run club and the 3,000 hit club and is one of only six players in history to be a member of both. Days after recording his 3,000th hit, Palmeiro received a 10-game suspension for testing positive for an anabolic steroid.

Roberto Alomar

Roberto "Robbie" Alomar Velázquez (; Spanish pronunciation: [aloˈmaɾ]; born February 5, 1968)

is a Puerto Rican former Major League Baseball (MLB) player who played for the San Diego Padres, Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, New York Mets, Chicago White Sox, and Arizona Diamondbacks (1988–2004). He is regarded as one of the greatest second basemen and all-around players of all time. During his career, the 12-time All-Star won more Gold Glove Awards for his defense (10) than any other second baseman in baseball history, in addition to winning four Silver Slugger Awards for his hitting. Among second basemen, he ranks third in games played (2,320), fifth in stolen bases (474), sixth in plate appearances (10,400), seventh in doubles (504) and assists (6,524), and eighth in hits (2,724), runs (1,508), at bats (9,073), and double plays turned (1,407). In 2011, Alomar was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, becoming the first Hall of Fame member to be depicted as a Blue Jays player on his plaque.The son of MLB second baseman Sandy Alomar Sr., Alomar followed in his father's footsteps, signing with the Padres as an amateur free agent in 1985. He made his major league debut with the team three years later, establishing himself as an exceptional base-stealing, hitting, and fielding threat before becoming an All-Star in 1990. He was traded to the Blue Jays the following off-season, leading the team to three consecutive American League Championship Series (ALCS) appearances and being named the 1992 ALCS Most Valuable Player (MVP), culminating in back-to-back World Series championships in 1992 and 1993. Alomar signed with the Orioles after the 1995 season, led the team to two ALCS appearances, and won the 1998 All-Star Game MVP Award in his final year with the team. He then joined the Indians for three seasons and had the most productive years of his career in 1999 and 2001, again leading his team to the playoffs and becoming an AL MVP Award finalist both years. Alomar spent the final years of his career with the Mets, White Sox, and Diamondbacks before retiring at spring training in 2005.

A switch hitter, Alomar finished his career with a .300 batting average; he is the Blue Jays' franchise record holder for career batting average. Shortly after his 2011 Hall of Fame induction, the Blue Jays retired his number 12. He currently serves as a special assistant to the Blue Jays organization.

Rubén Rivera

Rubén Rivera Moreno (born November 14, 1973) is a Panamanian professional baseball player for the Acereros de Monclova of the Mexican Baseball League. He played Major League Baseball for five different teams, from 1995 to 2003. His cousin, Mariano Rivera, was the former long-time closer for the New York Yankees. With the Yankees, he won the 1996 World Series over the world champion Atlanta Braves.

Ted Hendry

Eugene "Ted" Hendry (born August 31, 1940) is a former professional baseball umpire who worked in the American League from 1977 to 1999, wearing uniform number 35 when the AL adopted numbers for its umpires in 1980. Hendry umpired 2,906 major league games in his 23-year career. He umpired in the 1990 World Series, two All-Star Games (1983 and 1995), four American League Championship Series (1985, 1988, 1993 and 1998), and the 1996 American League Division Series. Hendry was also the home plate umpire of Bret Saberhagen's no hitter in 1991 and Jim Abbott's no hitter in 1993.

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