Two years later, the Red Sox began a 10-game skid against the A's when they were swept in the ALCS. The Red Sox were again swept in 1990 and lost the first two games of the 2003 ALDS before winning three straight to win the series.
Boston has swept the Angels in the ALDS twice this decade, in 2004 and '07. Both times, the Sox went on to win the World Series.
Rhett Bollinger is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.