1998 American League Division Series

The 1998 American League Division Series (ALDS), the opening round of the 1998 American League playoffs, began on Tuesday, September 29, and ended on Saturday, October 3, 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 New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians went on to meet in the AL Championship Series (ALCS). The Yankees became the American League champion, and defeated the National League champion San Diego Padres in the 1998 World Series.

1998 American League Division Series
Team (Wins) Manager Season
New York Yankees (3) Joe Torre 114–48, .704, GA: 22
Texas Rangers (0) Johnny Oates 88–74, .543, GA: 3
DatesSeptember 29 – October 2
TelevisionFox (Game 1)
NBC (Games 2–3)
TV announcersJoe Buck, Tim McCarver and Bob Brenly (Game 1)
Bob Costas and Joe Morgan (Games 2–3)
Radio announcersDan Shulman and Buck Martinez
Team (Wins) Manager Season
Cleveland Indians (3) Mike Hargrove 89–73, .549, GA: 9
Boston Red Sox (1) Jimy Williams 92–70, .568, GB: 22
DatesSeptember 29 – October 3
TelevisionESPN (Games 1–3)
Fox (Game 4)
TV announcersChris Berman and Ray Knight (Games 1–3)
Joe Buck and Tim McCarver (Game 4)
Radio announcersErnie Harwell and Dave Campbell
UmpiresJim Joyce, Rich Garcia, Tim Tschida, Drew Coble, Terry Craft (Yankees–Rangers, Games 1–2; Indians–Red Sox, Games 3–4)
Durwood Merrill (Yankees–Rangers, Games 1–2; Indians–Red Sox, Game 3)
Dale Scott, Joe Brinkman, John Hirschbeck, Larry McCoy, Dave Phillips (Indians–Red Sox, Games 1–2; Yankees–Rangers, Game 3)
Chuck Meriwether (Indians–Red Sox, Games 1–2,4)


New York Yankees vs. Texas Rangers

New York won the series, 3–0.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 September 29 Texas Rangers – 0, New York Yankees – 2 Yankee Stadium (I) 3:02 57,362[2] 
2 September 30 Texas Rangers – 1, New York Yankees – 3 Yankee Stadium (I) 2:58 57,360[3] 
3 October 2 New York Yankees – 4, Texas Rangers – 0 The Ballpark in Arlington 2:58 49,450[4]

Cleveland Indians vs. Boston Red Sox

Cleveland won the series, 3–1.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 September 29 Boston Red Sox – 11, Cleveland Indians – 3 Jacobs Field 3:16 45,185[5] 
2 September 30 Boston Red Sox – 5, Cleveland Indians – 9 Jacobs Field 3:25 45,229[6] 
3 October 2 Cleveland Indians – 4, Boston Red Sox – 3 Fenway Park 2:27 33,114[7] 
4 October 3 Cleveland Indians – 2, Boston Red Sox – 1 Fenway Park 3:00 33,537[8]

New York vs. Texas

Game 1, September 29

Yankee Stadium (I) in Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Texas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
New York 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 X 2 6 0
WP: David Wells (1–0)   LP: Todd Stottlemyre (0–1)   Sv: Mariano Rivera (1)

Scott Brosius was the hero of Game 1, as Todd Stottlemyre faced David Wells. In the bottom of the second, Stottlemyre yielded two runs when Brosius singled in Jorge Posada after Chad Curtis doubled and Curtis scored when Chuck Knoblauch struck out and Brosius was caught stealing. Stottlemyre pitched a complete game in a losing effort. David Wells and Mariano Rivera limited the loaded Texas lineup, which had scored 940 runs in 1998, to only five hits.

Game 2, September 30

Yankee Stadium (I) in Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Texas 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 5 0
New York 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 X 3 8 0
WP: Andy Pettitte (1–0)   LP: Rick Helling (0–1)   Sv: Mariano Rivera (2)
Home runs:
TEX: None
NYY: Shane Spencer (1), Scott Brosius (1)

Rick Helling went against Andy Pettitte in Game 2. Shane Spencer started the scoring when he homered in the bottom of the second. Brosius then hit a two-run homer in the Yankees fourth. Texas scored their only run of the series when Juan González doubled and later scored on an Iván Rodríguez single in the fifth. Once again, the Rangers were limited to five hits by Pettitte, Jeff Nelson, and Rivera.

Game 3, October 2

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 0 0 4 0 0 0 4 9 1
Texas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
WP: David Cone (1–0)   LP: Aaron Sele (0–1)
Home runs:
NYY: Paul O'Neill (1), Shane Spencer (2)
TEX: None

The Rangers were once again stymied by the Yankees pitching staff. Twenty-game winner David Cone faced Aaron Sele, and both were matching each other pitch-for-pitch into the sixth. Paul O'Neill put the Yankees on top by hitting a home run with one out in the Yankees sixth. Then, with two runners on and two out, Shane Spencer slammed his second home run of the series to make it 4–0. Cone left after a rain delay, but the Yankees' bullpen held Texas in check the rest of the way. Will Clark grounded out to end the series.

Composite box

1998 ALDS (3–0): New York Yankees over Texas Rangers

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees 0 3 0 2 0 4 0 0 0 9 23 1
Texas Rangers 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 13 1
Total attendance: 164,172   Average attendance: 54,724

Cleveland vs. Boston

Game 1, September 29

Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 3 0 0 0 3 2 0 3 0 11 12 0
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 3 7 0
WP: Pedro Martínez (1–0)   LP: Jaret Wright (0–1)
Home runs:
BOS: Mo Vaughn 2 (2), Nomar Garciaparra (1)
CLE: Kenny Lofton (1), Jim Thome (1)

The first of many rough starts for Cleveland pitcher Jaret Wright in the 1998 postseason was in Game 1. Wright faced Pedro Martínez, and Pedro would get all the run support in the world. After leadoff hits in the first by Darren Lewis and John Valentin, Mo Vaughn slugged a three-run home run to put Boston up for good. In the top of the fifth, with Lewis and Valentin on and one out, Nomar Garciaparra also slugged a three-run home run. Jaret's night was done. A one-out single in the top of the sixth by Valentin led to Vaughn's second home run of the game to put Boston up 8–0. Cleveland responded with a two-run home run by Kenny Lofton in the bottom half of the sixth and a Thome home run in the seventh. Vaughn doubled in two more runs in the eighth as the Red Sox scored three more runs to make the final score 11–3. The win ended a thirteen-game postseason losing streak for the Red Sox dating back to Game 6 of the 1986 World Series.

Game 2, September 30

Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 2 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 5 10 0
Cleveland 1 5 1 0 0 1 0 1 X 9 9 1
WP: Dave Burba (1–0)   LP: Tim Wakefield (0–1)   Sv: Mike Jackson (1)
Home runs:
BOS: None
CLE: David Justice (1)

Dwight Gooden faced Tim Wakefield in Game 2. The Red Sox scored two runs in a controversial first inning surrounding home plate umpire Joe Brinkman. After calling the first three pitches that appeared to be strikes as balls, Indians' manager Mike Hargrove was promptly ejected from the game by Brinkman. Later that same inning, with two runners aboard, Nomar Garciaparra doubled off the left-field wall. Darren Lewis scored as John Valentin tried to score on a slide. Omar Vizquel's relay throw appeared to be time to get Valentin, but Brinkman called him safe. Gooden had a meltdown at home plate and had to be restrained by his teammates as he also was ejected. Replays confirmed Valentin was out at the plate. Gooden was replaced by Dave Burba, who promptly retired the next two batters. David Justice cut the lead in half by hitting a sacrifice fly that scored Lofton in the Indians first. Then the Indians tied it when Sandy Alomar Jr. doubled in Brian Giles in the second. After Joey Cora walked, Lofton doubled in Alomar to give the Indians the lead. Wakefield left the game and, with two out, David Justice hit a three-run home run to put the Indians up for good. Garciaparra drove in a run for Boston in the third, but an Alomar double scored Travis Fryman to make it 7–3. The Red Sox came within two in the sixth, but the Indians scored one in the bottom half and one in the eighth on a wild pitch. That made the final score 9–5 Indians.

Game 3, October 2

Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 4 5 0
Boston 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 3 6 0
WP: Charles Nagy (1–0)   LP: Bret Saberhagen (0–1)   Sv: Mike Jackson (2)
Home runs:
CLE: Jim Thome (2), Kenny Lofton (2), Manny Ramírez 2 (2)
BOS: Nomar Garciaparra (2)

Charles Nagy faced Bret Saberhagen in the critical Game 3. The Red Sox struck first on an RBI-forceout in the fourth. It didn't take long to respond, as Jim Thome led the Indians fifth off with a home run. In the sixth, Kenny Lofton homered to put the Indians on top. Then Manny Ramírez homered in the seventh to give the Indians a 3–1 edge. Manny Ramírez would homer once again in the ninth, this time off Dennis Eckersley. The Red Sox wouldn't go quietly in the bottom of the ninth as Nomar Garciaparra hit a two-run home run to bring the game within one run. However, Mike Jackson retired the next two batters in succession to give the Indians a two games to one lead in the series.

Game 4, October 3

Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 5 0
Boston 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 0
WP: Steve Reed (1–0)   LP: Tom Gordon (0–1)   Sv: Mike Jackson (3)
Home runs:
CLE: None
BOS: Nomar Garciaparra (3)

Bartolo Colón went against Pete Schourek, looking to save the Red Sox. In the fourth, Nomar Garciaparra homered to lead off to put the Red Sox up 1–0, but they would squander the lead for the third consecutive game. In the eighth, with Tom Gordon pitching for Boston, Kenny Lofton and Omar Vizquel both singled with one out. Justice then doubled to center which scored both Lofton and Vizquel to put the Indians out in front 2–1. Not much happened afterwards, as Darren Bragg struck out swinging to end the series.

Composite box

1998 ALDS (3–1): Cleveland Indians over Boston Red Sox

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland Indians 1 5 1 0 1 4 2 3 1 18 26 1
Boston Red Sox 5 0 1 2 3 4 0 3 2 20 34 0
Total attendance: 157,065   Average attendance: 39,266

Series quotes

Swing and a LONG drive into deep right field, Nixon back on the track at the wall...leaps up and GONE into the Boston bullpen!

— Tom Hamilton's call of Kenny Lofton's home run in Game 3.


  1. ^ The higher seed (in parentheses) had the home field advantage, which for the first time was determined by playing record. Also for the first time, the team with home field advantage played the first two games at home, with potentially Game 5 at home as well; previously, the team with the home field advantage had played the first two games on the road, with the possibility of the final three games at home. The Red Sox were ineligible for home field advantage due to not winning their division.
  2. ^ "1998 ALDS - Texas Rangers vs. New York Yankees - Game 1". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  3. ^ "1998 ALDS - Texas Rangers vs. New York Yankees - Game 2". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  4. ^ "1998 ALDS - New York Yankees vs. Texas Rangers - Game 3". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  5. ^ "1998 ALDS - Boston Red Sox vs. Cleveland Indians - Game 1". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  6. ^ "1998 ALDS - Boston Red Sox vs. Cleveland Indians - Game 2". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  7. ^ "1998 ALDS - Cleveland Indians vs. Boston Red Sox - Game 3". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  8. ^ "1998 ALDS - Cleveland Indians vs. Boston Red Sox - Game 4". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.

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Chad Curtis

Chad David Curtis (born November 6, 1968) is an American former outfielder in Major League Baseball. He played from 1992 to 2001, for the California Angels, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees, and Texas Rangers. Over his career, Curtis compiled a .264 batting average and hit 101 home runs. Curtis was convicted in 2013 of sexually assaulting three underage girl students while he was a volunteer weight-room strength trainer at Lakewood High School, in Lake Odessa, Michigan, and is serving seven to fifteen years in prison as a felon.

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.

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.

Nomar Garciaparra

Anthony Nomar Garciaparra (; born July 23, 1973) is an American retired Major League Baseball player and current SportsNet LA analyst. After playing parts of nine seasons as an All-Star shortstop for the Boston Red Sox, he played third base and first base for the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Oakland Athletics. He is one of 13 players in Major League history to hit two grand slams during a single game, and the only player to achieve the feat at his home stadium.

Garciaparra is a six-time All-Star (1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006), and was the AL Rookie of the Year and AL Silver Slugger Award winner at shortstop in 1997. In 2001, he suffered a wrist injury, the first in a series of significant injuries that plagued the remainder of his career. Known for his ability to hit for average, Garciaparra is a lifetime .313 hitter. He had the highest single-season batting average by a right handed batter in the post-war era, batting .372 in 2000, and was the first right handed batter to win the AL Batting Title in consecutive seasons since Joe DiMaggio, when he accomplished the feat in 1999 and 2000

Shane Spencer

Michael Shane Spencer (born February 20, 1972) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder. In Major League Baseball, he played a total of 538 games for the New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, and New York Mets, compiling 438 hits, 59 home runs, and 242 RBI. He was a replacement player during spring training in 1995, crossing the picket line during the 1994 Major League Baseball strike.

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