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Yankees beat Twins in Major League Baseball wildcard playoff

Yankees beat Twins in Major League Baseball wildcard playoff

NY opens the best-of-five AL Division Series on Thursday at Cleveland.

That performnce comes with a cost, however, as the Yankees won't have a full strength bullpen heading into Game One of the ALDS against the Indians tomorrow. This was a moment when the Yankees' season was very much on the line, much too early in the Wild Card game.

The Yankees slugger made his first playoff appearance and he picked up right where he left off in September. Dozier hit the first leadoff homer for Minnesota in the postseason, and Eddie Rosario connected for a two-run shot three batters later.

After all, it's hard to argue with the results of the Yankees' 8-4 win over the Twins in Tuesday's wild-card game in The Bronx.

Luis Severino has been the best part of the Yankees' rotation this year, leading the team's starters in ERA (2.98) and FIP (3.07) and strikeout rate (10.71 per nine innings). By the time he left, after 29 pitches, the Twins had gotten him for two home runs and there were two more runners on, at second and third.

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Minnesota's Ervin Santana allowed three hits and four runs in two innings.

When making a prediction in a one game playoff, the first place to look is the pitching matchup. Robertson got a standing ovation for working overtime when the Yankees needed someone to give them length. Both teams scored three runs in the first inning and had players suffer painful injuries. Buxton was lifted in the fourth because of tightness in his back, which stiffened up when he beat out a potential double play for an RBI fielder's choice and then stole second base in the third. In the other American League Division Series, the Boston Red Sox (93-69) will take on the Houston Astros (101-61). The first inning would take an hour to complete.

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. And by the time Didi Gregorius, Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge had homered and Chad Green and David Robertson had turned in such vital performances out of the bullpen that sentiment hadn't changed.

Tommy Kahnle delivered 2 1/3 scoreless frames, and Aroldis Chapman finished it off after allowing a hit and striking out three in the ninth. With the addition of pitchers like David Robertson at the trade deadline, NY have one of the deepest pens in all of baseball. The Yankees advanced to face the defending AL champion Indians in the AL Division Series starting Thursday in Cleveland.

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