AL Wild Card: Joe Mauer, Twins seek payback

The 2017 MLB Wild Card And Division Series Start Times, TV Schedule

The Yankees earned the right to take on the Cleveland Indians, defeating the Minnesota Twins 8-4 Wednesday night in NY.

Girardi has at times come under criticism for pulling his starters too soon and turning to the Yankees bullpen. The Indians won the 1997 AL Division Series in five games, lost the 1998 AL Championship Series in six games, and then, were victorious in the 2007 ALDS. A single by Eduardo Escobar and a double by Max Kepler chased Yankees ace Luis Severino with one out - matching the shortest outing by a Yankees starter in the postseason. In the bottom of the first, shortstop Didi Gregorius hit a three-run home run that tied the game and electrified the crowd.

Now, the Yankees will face the American League's best regular season team, the 102-win Cleveland Indians, on Thursday. But on this night, the 2017 Yankees made their own history.

The New York Yankees are moving on to the American League Division Series after surviving a wild start to the MLB playoffs. "But on top of that, just to put some doubt into a Twins bench that was rocking". Homers from Aaron Judge and Brett Gardner helped NY grab a 7-4 lead after four innings, and the Yankees' bullpen took it from there. Both teams scored three runs in the first inning and had players suffer painful injuries.

"Obviously, I want to pitch", Betances said. The one outlier in that stretch was a three-inning, three-run outing against Minnesota on September 20, when the 23-year-old was pulled following a 46-pitch third inning.

Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius and a brilliant bullpen have rescued NY from a rugged start, lifting the Yankees to their first Major League Baseball (MLB) post-season win in five years.

Minnesota's Ervin Santana allowed three hits and four runs in two innings. "You just feel really good when he's around, and I felt that".

This wild card matchup is one for the books. He hadn't entered a game before the sixth inning all year. Tommy Kahnle took over and got a flyout to end the inning.

Luckily for NY, it enters the ALDS on fire at the plate.

A stable bullpen to close out games can go a long way in the postseason, and the Yankees proved they possess that.

"I was nervous before the game, but after the first pitch was thrown it's still the same ballgame, " Judge said after his two-hit, three-run, two-RBI night, becoming only the third Yankees rookie to homer in his postseason debut, joining Shane Spencer (1998) and Elston Howard (1955).

If you're unable to get in front of a TV, Sky Sports customers are able to watch the game live via Sky Go.

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