AL Wild Card: Joe Mauer, Twins seek payback

Jordan Montgomery finished the 2017 season with a 9-7 record

As the Worldwide Leader rolls into NY to call Tuesday's American League Wild Card tilt between the Yankees and Twins, Boone spoke to NJ Advance Media about this current Yankees outfit-and why it is built for October.

The victor of tonight's game will travel to Cleveland for a seven-game series against the defending American League champs.

"Smell baseball is like the passion for the game, that game that I love since I was little". The Twins claimed the second wild card spot at 85-77, just one year after losing 103 games.

"I'm thinking long", Severino said when asked about his mind-set entering Tuesday's game. "That, for us, was even more part of the fun".

"Yeah they close and that makes for sort of a dark, and sort of a lonely streetscape here", said Cary Goodman, Executive Director of the 161 Street Business Improvement District. It was a veteran who led the team in home runs, though, as 30-year-old Brian Dozier hit 34. Only Brett Gardner, Greg Bird, Didi Gregorius and Chase Headley played for the Yankees in their last wild-card appearance, a 3-0 loss to the Houston Astros in 2015. Counting the postseason, Yankees are a whopping 89-33 against the Twins since the start of 2002, including 45-14 in the Bronx.

Though nobody in a Yankee uniform guaranteed the teams' first postseason win since 2012, it's a very confident bunch that will face the Twins.

You can live stream the American League wildcard game between the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees on the Watch ESPN website. Santana was strong away from home this season, winning 10 of those games on the road where he had an ERA of 2.71 covering 17 starts. They won 91 games. The Twins got to Luis early in NY including a 46-pitch 3rd inning where the Twins took a 3-0 lead.

With Yankee Stadium providing the most dramatic backdrop possible, two teams that were not expected to make it this far have surprised many, regardless of the Yankees' track record of success over the past century. He also led the club in runs scored (106) and runs batted in (93). Sano is now hitting.264 with 28 homers on the season. I thought it went out because I also thought it was a home run. Minnesota's bullpen ranks 22nd with a 4.40 ERA. The former Washington Nationals right-hander is ably assisted by Taylor Rogers, who picked up seven wins out of the bullpen as well as sidearming righty Trevor Hildenberger. The Twins went 33-21 after August 5 and finished five games ahead of the Los Angeles Angels. Strangely enough, the 2 Twins victories came in NY.

Like the Twins, the Yankees have been fueled by a host of youngsters.

"There's two teams that are going to fight like heck tomorrow, and one of us is not going to move on, but I really like the way we've been playing".

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