From now until the end of the season, we will be tracking the progress of the Yankees with their 1998 World Championship team, which won 114 games in the regular season.
Through 81 Games:
Sunday night: Yankees 11, Red Sox 1
The Bronx Bombers were out in force on Sunday night, as they bombed six home runs, including three from Aaron Hicks, to roll over the Boston Red Sox, 11-1.
The Yankees wasted no time getting to David Price, who they have owned since he joined Boston two years ago.
In the first, Aaron Judge hit a solo shot, followed by a three-run bomb from Gleyber Torres to make it 4-0.
In the second, Hicks hit a two-run shot to make it 6-0.
In the fourth, Kyle Higashioka hit a rocket down the line in left field that just made it inside the foul pole and landed in the second deck, followed by another homer from Hicks, a solo shot to make it 8-0.
Hicks wasn't finished, as he launched his third homer of the night to right field to make it 10-0 in the bottom of the eighth.
July 5, 1998: Yankees 1, Orioles 0
David Cone threw eight shutout innings, scattering seven hits and no walks, while striking out four, to improve to 12-2 on the season.
Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect ninth to earn his 22nd save.
The lone run of the game came in the bottom of the third inning when Baltimore starter Scott Erickson hit Chad Curtis with a pitch with the bases loaded to force in a run.
Erickson threw eight innings as well, allowing just that one run on seven hits and four walks, with seven K's, to fall to 8-7 on the season.
Erickson finished his 15-year major league career with the Yankees in 2006.
Where they stand: With the win Sunday night, the 2018 Yankees (54-27) remain seven games off the pace off the 1998 team, which was an incredible 61-20 through 81 games, exactly the halfway point of the season.