AL Wild Card: Joe Mauer, Twins seek payback

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Ervin Santana was brilliant in anchoring the Twins starting rotation, going 16-8 with a 3.21 ERA while leading the major leagues in complete games with five and shutouts with three.

Santana, a 34-year-old right-hander who won 16 games this season, last faced the Yankees on September 18 at the Stadium and absorbed a 2-1 loss after giving up two runs and seven hits in 5 ²/₃ innings. The Minnesota Twins take on the New York Yankees in the big apple. The Twins finished the regular season fourth in MLB and second in the American League with just 78 errors in 162 games.

The victor of this matchup will play the Cleveland Indians in the American League Division Series. They have the best bullpen in the game and one of the best young starting pitchers in 23-year old RHP Luis Severino, who will start for the Yankees tonight. "Their crowd is definitely one of the advantages they have playing at home, but if you can take them out as soon as possible, that's great".

Twins' hitters have to be aggressive early against the Yankees and get the count in their favor to drive hittable pitches.

You can live stream the American League wildcard game between the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees on the Watch ESPN website. But on Tuesday, I think Robbie Grossman gives the Twins the best chance to win.

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Perhaps most importantly in an elimination game, the Yankees have the better bullpen.

"How many games do I pitch here?" The Twins will be without Miguel Sano Tuesday night, which should help calm Severino's nerves knowing Minnesota's top home-run threat is out. NY went 51-30 at home, best in the AL, while the Twins were 44-37 on the road.

"I think there was a stretch where he was matched up against (Boston's Chris) Sale, (Clevelan's Corey) Kluber, and then Sale again, and I thought he responded really well and pitched really good games", said Yankees manager Joe Girardi prior to Monday's workout.

Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner, right, is congratulated by teammate Gary Sanchez after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning against the Mariners on July 20, 2017 in Seattle. I wish I had one of those Men In Black zapper memory remover thing-a-ma-jigs although I'd like to be more selective than just erase all my memories. However, that was nearly definitely a fluke because the young righty and dark horse Cy Young candidate posted a 2.10 ERA in September and followed that start with six innings of one-run ball against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Yankees used to beat the Twins a long time ago - so what? "We played well at home". "Maybe he's talking about himself not coming back because I'm not going anywhere".

"I feel good going in".

The Bronx Bombers also are a confident bunch because they know they have Luis Severino on their side.

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