Yankees Advance To ALCS After 8-4 Wildcard Win Over Twins

Yankees get AL wild card Judge hits 52nd HR top Jays 2-1

Yankees get AL wild card Judge hits 52nd HR top Jays 2-1

This wild card matchup is one for the books.

The Minnesota Twins take on the New York Yankees in the First Game. First baseman Greg Bid gave the Yankees the lead for good in the 3rd inning with a RBI single.

- There was a moment of silence before the game for the mass shooting victims Sunday in Las Vegas and Yankees reliever Chasen Shreve, a Vegas native who still lives there, threw out the ceremonial first pitch. The big right fielder showed off his big swing and his patience, taking a few hacks while working a full-count, and then he proved there was more in his repertoire than just home runs by singling softly to center on a slider in the dirt.

It was the shortest start in an elimination-game postseason start since Gil Heredia lasted just one out in Game 5 of the 2000 ALDS for the Oakland A's against Derek Jeter's Yankees.

Brian Dozier's home run gave the Twins an early 1-0 lead.

Green did run into trouble in the third, allowing a single to Jorge Polanco before walking Eddie Rosario and Max Kepler to load the bases. The Yankees pulled starter Luis Severino from the game, just recording one out.

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. We got the fans and everybody right back in the game. The 34-year-old righty ran full counts against five of seven batters, and NY erased its entire deficit on a three-run homer by Didi Gregorius. He went 3 1/3 innings without giving up a run and settled the game down for NY. Maybe the Yankees would still have scored eight runs, even if they had fallen behind by five.

The onslaught of early scoring wouldn't stop though as NY regained the lead off reliever Jose Berrios in the bottom of the third when Greg Bird singled home Gary Sanchez, who led off the inning with a double.

Brett Gardner lashed a fourth-inning solo homer and rookie slugger Aaron Judge belted a two-run shot in the fourth, a low, line drive blast to left field - accompanied by shouts of "M-V-P, M-V-P" from the electric, sellout crowd of 49,280.

In the bottom of the seventh the Yankees tacked on an insurance run following a bases loaded walk to Aaron Hicks, giving the Yankees and 8-4 lead.

David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle were particularly strong in the middle of the game. That also ended up being the game that NY won 11-3.

Robertson would go 3.1 innings on this night, and strike out five, pitch from the third and into the sixth the way Mo Rivera once pitched the late innings on occasions like this. After all, a couple of his moonshots this season have visited that area of the ballpark, where Yankees greats are honored. That game against the eventual World Series champion Yankees. Gray went 2-1 through 3 starts against Arizona with a 3.50 ERA, while Greinke went 2-1 through 5 starts against Colorado with a 3.41 ERA.

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