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 94 Games:
Saturday night: Yankees 5, Cleveland 4
The Yankees got on the board in the top of the first inning when Didi Gregorius hit a three-run home run, and Cleveland came back in the bottom half as Jose Ramirez hit a solo shot to make it 3-1.
The Yankees took a 4-2 lead in the top of the sixth when Greg Bird hit a solo shot, and Cleveland tied it in the bottom of the sixth when two runs scored on a Brandon Guyer infield single.
Austin Romine got an RBI double to make it 5-4 Yankees in the seventh, and that turned out to be the final.
CC Sabathia got the start for the Yankees, and went 5 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on four hits and two walks, with two strikes.
David Robertson pitched an inning-and-a-third in which he didn't allow a run or hit, walked one and struck out three to earn the win and improve to 7-3 on the season.
Aroldis Chapman worked around a walk, and got a strikeout, to earn his 26th save of the season.
July 20, 1998: Yankees 4, Tigers 3 (Game 2)
After Detroit won the first game of the doubleheader, 4-3, in 17 innings, the second game began at 10:32 p.m., and it was the Yankees who won it, 4-3.
The Yankees got on the board in the third on a Derek Jeter RBi single, and put up three in the fourth, as Luis Sojo had an RBI single, Dale Sveum scored on an error on a hit by Jeter, and Paul O'Neill got an RBI single to make it 4-0.
Detroit came back with a run in the fifth and Bobby Higginson hit a two-run shot in the eighth to cut the Yankees' lead to 4-3.
That Higginson homer would be the last batter Yankees starter Hideki Irabu would face, as he went 7+ innings, allowing three runs on five hits and four walks, with four strikeouts, to earn the win and improve to 9-3.
Mike Stanton came on to finish off Detroit in the eighth, and Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect ninth to earn his 25th save of the season.
Where they stand: The 2018 Yankees (62-32) remain seven games off the pace of the 1998 team, which was 69-25 through 94 games.
Closer comparison: Aroldis Chapman now had 26 saves this season, while Mariano Rivera had 25 saves through this point in 1998.