Major League Baseball playoffs: Miguel Sano left off Twins' roster for wild-card game

Major League Baseball playoffs: Miguel Sano left off Twins' roster for wild-card game

Major League Baseball playoffs: Miguel Sano left off Twins' roster for wild-card game

Limiting Judge may be the most pivotal task for Twins starter Ervin Santana. He is the only Twin remaining from the Yankees" consecutive series sweeps in 2009 and "10.

NY was supposed to be a rebuilding franchise this season, amassing young talent that would develop the team into contenders in the next few years. One of those wins came against the Yankees in the 2005 American League Division Series when Santana pitched for the Angels. Then once that happens, it just seems to get worse. The more realistic candidate, though, is Aroldis Chapman late in the game. While Santana has been able to limit his BB:K ratio (0.37:1), his home-run rate is slightly concerning, as he's given up 1.32 HR/9 during the regular season. Only Joe Mauer has faced the Yankees in playoffs past. Couple that with a Yankees offense that finished second in the league in runs/game, and it's clear the Twins will have plenty of chances in the field. That's not really big or surprising news. Our pre-game show starts at 6:00 p.m., with the first-pitch just after 7:00 p.m.

Santana already is 0-5 with a 6.43 earned-run average in six starts at Yankee Stadium II, where he will take the mound in a one-game showdown against Minnesota's postseason archnemesis. It happened just two weeks ago as NY outscored Minnesota by a total of 18-6.

The Twins have one game to make a statement, one win to change history and enough confidence not to be burdened by it all. (How 'bout that?) What does that mean?

Kennys Vargas or Robbie Grossman likely will be the DH in Tuesday night's game. In three games, he was 1-for-8 with two strikeouts. The Yankees were overwhelming favorites.yadda, yadda, yadda.

The two teams have met in the postseason four times, all since 2003, and the Yankees have won all four series.

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Cleveland went to the World Series past year and lost to the Chicago Cubs, then posted the best record in the American League for the 2017 season.

The loser of tonight's game is eliminated. He will have young RHP Jose Berrios to turn to along with 9 other pitchers for that reason. Get an early lead, and hope Santana can be at his best.

"This is the regular season now".

This will be Santana's ninth career postseason appearance and his third start in the AL Wild Card Game. He's a nice player to have on the bench as a pinch-hitter to face a lefty or in a big spot. That notion is heightened even further in a one-game scenario. They won 91 games. The Minnesota Twins are the surprise team of the season.

"I don't think that you go up there trying to hit all three of his pitches because that's usually not a good mix", Molitor said. Eastern time. It's a matchup that most fans and reporters never saw coming.

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