Yankees vs. Twins Wild-Card Updates

Yankees vs. Twins Wild-Card Updates

The Yankees are hosting the Minnesota Twins Tuesday night in the winner-take-all American League wild-card game.

Joe Girardi wasn't focused on past failures.

The Indians won 102 games, produced an AL record 22-game winning streak and posted the biggest run differential in the majors at plus-254. "That's what these guys have worked so hard for".

Brett Gardner also homered for the Yankees, who chased Ervin Santana after two innings and again knocked the Twins out of the playoffs.

The Cleveland Indians are going to be a tough opponent in the American League Division Series. NY has won 20 of their last 28 games going into the postseason while the Twins are trending in the opposite direction, losing three of their last five games and eight of their last 16 overall. Their last World Series was in 2009, starting with a sweep of the Twins and ending with a 6-game win against the Philadelphia Phillies.

"It's important", Gardner said.

If nothing else, the Yankees are coming into the Wild Card Game hot. "I'm excited to take them on ... and I think we're more than capable of getting the job done". Overall, this wild card game is the Twins first postseason appearance since their 2010 loss to the Yankees.

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Buxton was lifted in the fourth because of tightness in his back, but only after beating out a potential double play for an RBI fielder's choice and then stealing second base in the third. Robertson was masterful Tuesday night, going 3.1 shutout innings, giving up three hits, one walk, and striking out a career-high five batters.

If Kepler's spot comes up against Chapman in the ninth tonight there may be a good chance he actually stays in the game to face the lefty, fireball pitcher.

NY quickly broke the deadlock in the bottom of the third when Sanchez doubled and scored standing up on a sharp base hit to right by Bird.

Many in the dugout felt Green's escape set the stage for the rest of the night. We never quit. we kept pushing and came up a little short. "Shutting them down there was huge for us".

It did just that, and quickly. After Santana retired Gary Sanchez, Gregorius lifted a full-count fastball well into the right field seats to tie the game 3-3. All told, Gardner went 2 for 4 with a walk and a home run in the Wild Card Game, and scored three of his team's eight runs. To be able to tie the game and come up big for the team right there.

Even though Severino could not give the Yankees length, the other Baby Bombers produced. While the statistics slightly favor the Diamondbacks, I'm going to go with the Rockies on this one-Jon Gray put up stellar numbers in the last month (4-1, 2.57 ERA) while Greinke slipped (1-1, 3.90 ERA).

Most of the best Yankee memories, of course, are still from across 161st St. from the new place, where the old Yankees made memories and made more history at this time of the year in baseball than any team ever has or ever will.