February 19, 2018

Yankees host Twins in AL wild-card game

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"If you're playing four games in five nights, it's a really hard to do", Girardi said.

So what can we take away from the Wild Card Game? The 49,280 fans at Yankee Stadium roared in approval.

A season of baseball-spring training, epic road trips, homestands, injuries, tears, smiles, 400-foot homers and too many pop-ups to count or remember, of 162 games-comes down to one night in the Bronx between the New York Yankees and the Minnesota Twins. They had done everything else in October.

Manager Joe Girardi quickly pulled the 23-year-old Severino who is credited with the shortest postseason start in franchise history. He lasted about 20 minutes.

Robertson left the game with two out in the sixth after walking Brian Dozier.

The Twins stunned the crowd by taking a 3-0 lead during a 21-minute top of the first. Since the beginning of July, Luis Severino has lost just three games. He got the ball that night with a season on the line.

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The heroes of baseball's first postseason game of 2017 weren't stars with a fancy ace title. Robertson came in with the bases loaded and one out in the third inning.

The Yankees slugger made his first playoff appearance and he picked up right where he left off in September. Maybe the Yankees would still have scored eight runs, even if they had fallen behind by five. In a insane way, though, it felt as if Green had already gotten a save in the top of the first.

After only six batters, reliever-extraordinaire, Chad Green entered the contest earlier than anyone could have ever anticipated. He struck out Byron Buxton. Just as in 2009, and all those other years where they have faced the Yankees in the postseason, the Twins ended up the losers.

Yankees pitcher David Robertson delivered 3 1/3 scoreless innings on 52 pitches. A different Santana got the win that day - Johan Santana - with seven strong innings in a 2-0 victory. Over the last five years they are 10-23 against NY. "And sometimes you get strikeouts like he got tonight". Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge both reached in front of Didi Gregorius who hit a missile to right field for a three-run bomb.

Who else did what we've seen him do all season? The game did not go quite the way the Yankees would have hoped but hey, a win is a win. Gardner found his power in the second inning to give the Yankees their first lead of the game. The Twins are a young team with nothing to lose and nobody is picking them to win. The Yankees go to Cleveland.

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