|Don Zimmer, Derek Jeter, and Joe Torre.|
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 98 Games:
Monday night: Tampa Bay 7, Yankees 6
Tampa Bay got on the board in the bottom of the first when Jake Bauers came home on a passed ball by Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez.
Bauers hit a three-run bomb off Yankees starter Luis Severino to give the Rays a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth.
The Yankees got a couple back in the top of the sixth when Giancarlo Stanton scored on a passed ball, and Sanchez had an RBI single. Tampa got three runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth to open up a 7-3 lead.
In the seventh, Didi Gregorius got an RBI groundout and Stanton got a two-run single to cut it to 7-6.
The Yankees loaded the bases in the ninth inning. With two outs, Sanchez grounded one up the middle in which the Rays could not complete the force play, but they still had enough time to throw out Sanchez at first to end the game.
July 25, 1998: White Sox 6, Yankees 2
The Yankees got on the board first when Derek Jeter got an RBI single in the bottom of the third inning.
Chicago took the lead in the fifth when Greg Norton got an RBI single, followed by a Magglio Ordonez sacrifice fly that made it 2-1, and the Yankees tied it in the sixth on a Jorge Posada sacrifice fly.
In the seventh, Chicago got a pair off Yankees starter Hideki Irabu when Norton and Magglio Ordonez got RBI singles, and with Darren Holmes in for the Yankees, Norton scored on a fielder's choice off a hit by Mike Cameron, and then Ray Durham got an RBI single to make it 6-2.
Mike Sirotka got the win for Chicago, as he went six innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and a walk, with three strikeouts, to improve to 10-9.
Irabu took the loss for the Yankees, as he was charged with all six Chicago runs, and allowed eight hits and no walks, with three strikeouts. His record dropped to 9-4.
Where they stand: The 2018 Yankees (63-35) remained nine games off the pace of the 1998 team, which was 72-26 through 98 games.