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October 06, 1998|By Peter Schmuck

Cleveland Indians vs. New York Yankees

/# (Best of seven; TV: chs. 11, 4)

Tonight: 8: 07 p.m., at New York.

Indians' Jaret Wright (12-10, 4.72 ERA) vs. Yankees' David Wells (18-4, 3.49).

2& Tomorrow: 4: 07 p.m., at New York.

Indians' Charles Nagy (15-10, 5.22) vs. Yankees' David Cone (20-7, 3.55).

1% Friday: 8: 07 p.m., at Cleveland.

Yankees' Andy Pettitte (16-11, 4.24) vs. Indians' Bartolo Colon (14-9, 3.71).

3' Saturday: 7: 07 p.m., at Cleveland.

Yankees' Orlando Hernandez (12-4, 3.13) vs. Indians' Dwight Gooden (8-6, 3.76).

Sunday*: 4: 07 p.m., at Cleveland.

Oct. 13*: 8: 07 p.m., at New York.

Oct. 14*: 8: 07 p.m., at New York.

- If necessary

In the first round: The Yankees swept three straight from the Texas Rangers, their pitching staff allowing just one run -- the lowest total in history for a postseason series of any length. The Indians lost the first game to the Boston Red Sox before winning three straight to take the series.

What the Yankees have going for them: Just about everything. They set an American League record with 114 regular-season victories and have won their last 10 games in a row, regular and postseason combined. Rookie sensation Shane Spencer has eight home runs and 19 RBIs over that span. The pitching staff has been red-hot. Their confidence level has to be at an all-time high.

What the Indians have going for them: They knocked the Yankees out of the playoffs last year, thanks to clutch performances by pitcher Jaret Wright and catcher Sandy Alomar. They've got a high-powered offense that features hot-hitting MVP candidate Manny Ramirez and plenty of other firepower. They've got nothing to lose, since everybody thinks they're going to.

The flip side: The Yankees will be without outfielder Darryl Strawberry, who is recovering from cancer surgery. The Indians will be without much of a pitching staff, at least by postseason standards.

Prediction: The Indians won't go down without a fight. David Cone will have to get the job done in Game 6 to keep the suspense -- and pressure -- from building to an uncomfortable level. Yankees in six.

Pub Date: 10/06/98

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