Yankees -Twins: AL Wild Card Game preview

CLEVELAND OH- SEPTEMBER 26 Minnesota Twins catcher Jason Castro advances to third base on a flout to center field during the fourth inning of the Major League Baseball game between the Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians

CLEVELAND OH- SEPTEMBER 26 Minnesota Twins catcher Jason Castro advances to third base on a flout to center field during the fourth inning of the Major League Baseball game between the Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians

The MLB Playoffs get underway tonight, featuring a win or go home American League Wild-Card game between the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees.

The Yankees eliminated the Twins in a division series four times from 2003 to 2010. There's at least a reasonable chance of that happening with Santana on the mound, and with the Twins riding the wave of a postseason berth I wouldn't be surprised to see them contend here.

Mauer is the only holdover from that era.

The Twins finished the season with an 85-77 record, and are the first team in baseball history to reach the postseason one season after losing 100 games. "Both of those games were intense, some of the coolest moments I've ever experienced", Cuddyer said. Maybe the Yankees would choose to put Sabathia out there instead of Gray or Tanaka; the Twins might choose to use Dillon Gee instead. Sanchez hammered 33, helping the Yankees heat up again at the end of the season following a sticky patch in the early summer.

"The faces have changed so much", said Joe Girardi, who managed NY past Minnesota in 2009 and 2010 division series.

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So, thanks to Sandoval's walk-off homer and Detroit's loss, the Tigers now hold the No. 1 pick in the 2018 draft, not the Giants . They can't finish with worse than the second pick, but after a season as brutal as this one, it should be the best or nothing.

It's do or die for the Yankees Tuesday. It was a good outing but not representative of how Santana has pitched in his career against the Yankees - 6-10 with a 5.66 ERA in 20 starts.

Dellin Betances said Severino's changeup has given him "three plus-pitches", and that he's noticed a big difference in overall demeanor. "Don't try to leave any cookies right there".

Santana, 34, went 16-8 with a 3.28 ERA this season and is 2-2 in eight postseason appearances. He averaged 97.6 miles per hour on his fastball - tops among qualified starters by almost 2 miles per hour - and paired it with a powerful slider and improved changeup. Rather, he would have given manager Paul Molitor a formidable right-handed threat off the bench should the Twins need a pinch hitter in the late innings. "I feel like we've been playing good baseball, and I expect to play well". "I know the guys will be ready". I think at times he struggles a bit with controlling his emotions in big moments, which of course is understandable for a 23-year-old pitcher in his first full season in the big leagues. "I just had to try to own something". Severino faced the Twins for the first time on September 20, giving up three runs and five hits in three innings.

Molitor hadn't decided on Sano's status for the game, although he was optimistic that the slugger would play. Also, slugging third baseman Miguel Sano won't be on the Twins' wild-card roster because he's still not fully recovered from his August shin injury. Especially in games against playoff-bound teams like Boston and Houston, Gardner would chat with Judge, Jacoby Ellsbury or Aaron Hicks in the outfield during breaks in the action and "talk about the atmosphere and how great and how special it is".

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