NY has not made it past the wild-card game since 2012, when it was swept by the Tigers in the the ALCS.
Here's a look at some of what's being written and said in NY.
Las Vegas has listed the Yankees as prohibitive favorites to beat the Twins on Tuesday night in the AL wild-card game at Yankee Stadium. He also was tagged for a loss in relief for the Angels during the 2009 American League Championship Series. Sano's electricity with his bat has guided the Twins into the playoffs after a 103-loss season in 2016, one of the most remarkable one-year turnarounds in Major League Baseball history. As a team clinging to just making the playoffs, the Twins should not and did not care who it was they had to face in the postseason.
Over on the Twins' side, they just finished against the Tigers as their final regular-season series. "But we have a good idea of how he's going to pitch us".
MLB Insider Jon Morosi is reporting that Twins slugger Miguel Sano ($4,100) won't be on the roster for tonight's game, but that still leaves plenty of fine hitters available for DFS tonight. "Whatever your motivation is, that's fine".
Unlikely cleanup hitter Didi Gregorius no longer is being doubted as Derek Jeter's replacement, posting a star-turning campaign on both sides of the ball, including 25 homers (breaking Jeter's team record at the position) with 87 RBI. Servino has been on fire this season, post a 2.98 ERA and going 9-2 since the All-Star break. He electrified after debuting in August 2015, going 5-3 with a 2.89 ERA. Sano may return for the ALDS, if the Twins advance, but he's out for the Wild Card game for sure. The Twins will be without Sano, but Buxton hit 11 of his 16 home runs during the last two months of the regular season. So, yes, the Yankees are favored because they are supposedly the more talented team or because they've won more games but, they are also supposed to be here. Those numbers may not seem like much, but keep in mind that Bird hit four of those nine homers and hit.379 in his last nine games. His 160 hits were his most since 2012 and his 71 RBIs were his most since 2012 as well. "It's been a special year to see these guys kind of grow". "So, it's good to be back".
The Twins have one game to make a statement, one win to change history and enough confidence not to be burdened by it all.
"We've been really pleased with how he's done, how he's matured as a pitcher, his ability to slow things down, and that will become very important tomorrow", Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "I thought we'd come back to the World Series every year", said Gardner, one of a handful of current Yankees on their last world championship team. "That's what I did, and that's how that worked out and helped me". Tyler Wade and Clint Frazier are among the extra bench players for NY.
The Yanks will be throwing right-handed pitcher, Luis Severino (14-8, 2.98 ERA) against Minnesota's right hander Ervin Santana (16-8, 3.28 ERA). Then a Torii Hunter home run did give them the lead in the top of the 12th but Joe Nathan couldn't close it out as he tried to go 2.2 innings.
"Have to be careful with him", Santana said.