Yankees host Twins in AL wild-card game

MLB AL Wildcard Minnesota Twins at New York Yankees

Severino lasted just 1/3 of an inning, giving up three runs on four hits with a walk.

This is Minnesota's first appearance in the wild-card game. They never count themselves out and always believe they're in it.

While the Yankees' bats helped overcome an early 3-0 deficit after a horrific start from pitcher Luis Severino, their bullpen was pristine despite working 8.2 innings as they allowed just one run on five hits. The Twins jumped out to a 3-0 lead in Game 1 at home, but it was a mirage. The Yankees rallied for for three runs off Santana in the bottom of the first, tying things up 3-3. The way Severino had pitched reminded you of the time, in a Game 5 at home against the Tigers in 2011. The Indians charged into the No. 1 seed in the American League playoffs with a tremendous run of form over the last several weeks of the season. Belisle, 37, who recorded nine saves this season, could find himself in the most high-pressure situation of his career Tuesday night. Aaron Judge extended the Yankees lead to 7-4 with a two-run home run going 2 for 4 in his playoff debut.

For those who need a refresher on how these two teams fared most recently against one-another, it was a complete one-sided clobbering back on Sept 18-20, when the Bombers swept the Twinkies, 18-6 in total runs scored. Perhaps they were heartened that the Yankees were only a wild card team. The lineup came together, put three runs back up to even the score.

The Yankees had few problems the rest of the series, which ended with an 8-1 win in Game 4 at the Metrodome. That is until Chad Green came to the rescue. He struck out Byron Buxton. Gardy hit a home run, Judge hit a home run, Birdie got an RBI. "We talked about it before the game that they might go up one or two runs". Well, no. The Twins can't beat the Yankees in the regular season, either.

After two solid innings from Green, David Robertson entered the game for the Yankees. "They're a good team", NY reliever David Robertson said.

While the Yankees built their lead, Robertson dominated after getting out of that third-inning jam, going 3.1 innings and allowing just three hits while striking out five.

After Gardner led off with a walk and Judge singled to center - hanging in on a slider and lining it to center field - Gregorius tied it with one out, sending a fastball well into the right field seats. All season long, we had seen the kind of stick the Yankees have.

By night's end, this Yankees club that a lot of people thought was too young to get to the points now it's playoff tested. Now they had played their way to Cleveland with home runs, and with that bullpen. The Yankees host the Twins Tuesday night in the first official game of the 2017 Major League Baseball playoffs. No matter the situation, you feel like they still have a chance to win.

"We keep saying we'll get these guys", Jason Kubel of the Twins said. Back on the board in October.

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