Luis Severino gives Yankees confidence for wild-card game

Luis Severino gives Yankees confidence for wild-card game

Luis Severino gives Yankees confidence for wild-card game

I remember being in the bullpen prior to the game and just hearing people above the pen heckling the best they could.

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

This game is going to come down to who has the better bullpen, and that edge goes to the Yankees. The Yankees were 3-0 losers to the Houston Astros in 2015.

Over a five- or seven-game series, all of that would give the Yankees a significant advantage, before you even added in that they have home-field advantage for this game. Sano's homer total was second-most on the team, so the Twins will still have power on the field. On Sunday, Dozier had two hits and a run; Mauer had a hit and an RBI.

The Twins will play the New York Yankees tonight in Yankee Stadium.

Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor said that first/third baseman Miguel Sano is still dealing with discomfort in his injured left shin. It happened just two weeks ago as NY outscored Minnesota by a total of 18-6. Ervin Santana had some clunkers, but his performance in his second All-Star season was an vast lift for a pitching staff that languished at the bottom of baseball the last few years.

The victor of this game will advance to play the defending American League champion Indians in the AL Division Series starting Friday in Cleveland.

Of course, this made a lot of Twins fans think their team just can't win in NY and a lot of those fans started wondering if it'd be better if the Twins had to face the Boston Red Sox instead. This year all AL teams are above.500.

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Young talent has played a big role in this year's performance. "These young guys have been around it, and they kind of know what to expect". Eddie Rosario also hit 27 homers for Minnesota. The biggest difference compared to previous year was better fastball command and a changeup he's developed into an out pitch. It's a favorite play because Torii Hunter showed absolutely no fear of what might happen if he hit that wall.

That was until the Twins turned things around, starting with a six-game winning streak in early August. Granted he is not playing at his peak performance, but at the age of 34, Mauer is hitting.305/.381/.417.

— Bull Dozier. Perhaps the team's most well-rounded player, Dozier joined Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett (1986-90) as the only Twins with five consecutive seasons of 30-plus doubles. The Twins need to get on base, put pressure on the Yankees defense with their speed and come up with a few clutch hits. He has been nothing but rock solid in Sano's absence at third as Sano is looking to get back if the Twins can advance into the postseason.

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