IN THE NEWS: Atlanta's Javy Lopez hits a one–out home run in the bottom of the 9th to tie the Braves' game with Chicago at 1–1. Chipper Jones' base hit wins the game in the 10th, 2–1, as the Braves win their 2nd in a row.
Houston evens its series against the Padres, scoring the winning run in the bottom of the 9th on Bill Spiers' single, his 3rd hit of the game.
At Seoul, Korea's Chansil Stadium, 29–year–old American Tyrone Woods clouts his 42nd homer to break the 6–year–old Korean home run record. Woods, who plays for the OB Bears, played 11 years in the minors, the last with Pawtucket, before going to Korea. He was also named the MVP earlier in the week. 1998 is the first year foreign players were allowed in the Korean League.
IN THE NEWS: The Yankees shutout the Rangers, 4–0, to sweep their divisional playoff. Shane Spencer hits a 3–run homer and Paul O'Neill a solo blast for NY.
Cleveland takes a 4–1 lead into the bottom of the 9th against Boston in Game three of their series. A 2–run home run by Nomar Garciaparra brings the Sox within 1, but that's how it ends, with the Indians winning, 4–3. Cleveland's runs come on solo home runs by Manny Ramirez (2), Jim Thome, and Kenny Lofton.
IN THE NEWS: The Yankees jump on Cleveland starter Jaret Wright for five runs in the 1st inning and hold on to defeat the Indians, 7–2, in the 1st game of the ALCS. Jorge Posada homers for NY, while Manny Ramirez connects for the Tribe.
IN THE NEWS: The Indians score three runs in the 12th inning to take Game two of the ALCS from the Yankees by a score of 4–1. The lead run scores when NY 2B Chuck Knoblauch argues the call on a bunt play at 1B, rather than going after the ball.
Atlanta scores a run in the last of the 9th to tie the NLCS opener with San Diego at 2–2, but the Padres win in the 10th on Ken Caminiti's home run. The 3–2 victory goes to reliever Trevor Hoffman.
IN THE NEWS: The Yankees move on to the World Series, as they defeat the Indians, 9–5, to take the ALCS, four games to 2. Scott Brosius homers for NY, while Jim Thome hits his 6th of the postseason for Cleveland.
IN THE NEWS: The Padres finish off the Braves, as again Sterling Hitchcock and four relief pitchers do the job, limiting Atlanta to just two hits in a 5–0 win. Tom Glavine takes the loss for the Braves.
IN THE NEWS: The Reds managing executive John Allen pulls off the first big trade of the off–season, swapping a three–game home series with the White Sox to the Cubs in exchange for a three–game home set with the Indians. In 1999, the Reds will play a series in Cleveland, as scheduled, and now another series in Cincinnati on July 9–11.
IN THE NEWS: The Yankees explode for seven runs in the last half of the 7th inning to blow away the Padres, 9–6, in the Series opener. Chuck Knoblauch hits a 3–run homer in the inning, then Tino Martinez follows with a grand slam. David Wells notches the win.
IN THE NEWS: Down 3–0, the Yankees bounce back with two runs in the 7th and three in the 8th to defeat the Padres, 5–3. 3B Scott Brosius is the hitting star for NY with a single, two homers, and four runs batted in.