AL Division Series

September 29, 1998

Red Sox vs. Indians

Schedule: Today: Boston (Pedro Martinez, 19-7, 2.89 ERA) at Cleveland (Jaret Wright, 12-10, 4.72), 1: 07 p.m. (ESPN); Tomorrow: Boston (Tim Wakefield, 17-8, 4.58) at Cleveland (Dwight Gooden, 8-6, 3.76), 1: 07 p.m. (ESPN); Friday: Cleveland (Charles Nagy, 15-10, 5.22) at Boston (Bret Saberhagen, 15-8, 3.96), 4: 07 p.m. (ESPN); Saturday: Cleveland (Bartolo Colon, 14-9, 3.71) at Boston (Pete Schourek, 1-3, 4.30), TBA*; Sunday: Boston at Cleveland, TBA* (*-if necessary)

Season series: Boston won, 8-3.

Leading hitters: Red Sox: SS Nomar Garciaparra (.323, 35 HRs, 122 RBIs), 1B Mo Vaughn, (.337, 40, 115). Indians: 3B Travis Fryman (.287, 28, 96), RF Manny Ramirez (.294, 45, 145), 1B Jim Thome (.293, 30, 85).

Closers: Red Sox: RH Tom Gordon (2.72, 46 saves). Indians: RH Mike Jackson (1.55, 40).

Red Sox notable: Vaughn has just one homer and Garciaparra two against Cleveland. Vaughn is 2-for-25 in his last eight games against the Indians. Gordon was 2-0 with four saves against Cleveland. Martinez chose not to pitch in the All-Star Game after AL manager Mike Hargrove of Cleveland did not pick him to start.

Indians notable: Cleveland has lost 14 of the past 22 against Boston. Gooden is 0-3 with an 8.51 ERA against Boston in regular-season games and was 0-2 with an 8.00 ERA against the Red Sox in 1986 World Series while with Mets. Nagy is 6-1 lifetime against Boston.

Rangers vs. Yankees

Schedule: Today: Texas (Todd Stottlemyre, 5-4, 4.33 ERA) at New York (David Wells, 18-4, 3.49), 8: 07 p.m. (Fox); Tomorrow: Texas (Rick Helling, 20-7, 4.41) at New York (Andy Pettitte, 16-11, 4.24), 8: 07 p.m. (NBC); Friday: New York (David Cone, 20-7, 3.55) at Texas (Aaron Sele, 19-11, 4.23), 8: 07 p.m. (NBC); Saturday: New York (Orlando Hernandez, 12-4, 3.13) at Texas (John Burkett, 9-13, 5.68), TBA*; Sunday: Texas at New York, TBA*

Season series: New York won, 8-3.

Leading hitters: Rangers: DH Will Clark (.305, 23 HRs, 102 RBIs), RF Juan Gonzalez (.318, 45, 157), LF Rusty Greer (.306, 16, 108), C Ivan Rodriguez (.321, 21, 91). Yankees: SS Derek Jeter (.324, 19, 84), 1B Tino Martinez (.281, 28, 123), RF Paul O'Neill (.317, 24, 116), CF Bernie Williams (.339, 26, 97).

Closers: Rangers: RH John Wetteland (2.03, 42 saves). Yankees: RH Mariano Rivera (1.91, 36).

Rangers notable: Texas went 1-4 against New York in Arlington. It was the first year Texas lost the season series at home to New York since 1983. Greer had four homers and 16 RBIs against the Yankees, Gonzalez four homers and 12 RBIs. Wetteland is facing the team he helped win the 1996 World Series.

Yankees notable: In '96, New York dropped the Division Series opener to Texas, then won three straight to advance. The Yankees have won won 19 of past 24 regular-season meetings at nTC Yankee Stadium. Jeter hit .510 (26-for-51) with four home runs and 19 RBIs against Texas. Rivera recorded five saves against Texas.

NL Division Series

Astros vs. Padres

Schedule: Today: San Diego (Kevin Brown, 18-7, 2.38 ERA) at Houston (Randy Johnson (10-1, 1.28), 4: 07 p.m. (ESPN); Thursday: San Diego (Andy Ashby, 17-9, 3.34) at Houston (Shane Reynolds, 19-8, 3.51), 4: 07 p.m. (ESPN); Saturday: Houston (Mike Hampton, 11-7, 3.36), at San Diego (Joey Hamilton, 13-13, 4.27), TBA; Sunday: Houston at San Diego, TBA*; Monday: San Diego at Houston, TBA*

Season series: Houston won, 5-4.

Leading hitters: Astros: LF Moises Alou (.312, 38 HRs, 124 RBIs), 1B Jeff Bagwell (.304, 34, 111), RF Derek Bell (.314, 22, 108), 2B Craig Biggio (.325, 20, 88). Padres: 3B Ken Caminiti (.252, 29, 82), RF Tony Gwynn (.321, 16, 69), LF Greg Vaughn (.272, 50, 119).

Closers: Astros: Billy Wagner (2.70, 30 saves). Padres: Trevor Hoffman (1.48, 53).

Astros notable: Houston ended Hoffman's then-record streak of 41 straight saves when Alou hit a home run in the ninth on July 26 at San Diego. Johnson beat the Padres, 2-1, in San Diego with a six-hitter while with Seattle on June 24. Billy Wagner had three saves with a 0.00 ERA against San Diego.

Padres notable: Vaughn hit six homers against the Astros. Key players Gwynn, Caminiti and 1B Wally Joyner were affected by a variety of nagging injuries.

Pub Date: 9/29/98

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