"The crowd today was unbelievable. I'm just excited for this opportunity".
"I remember thinking at the time".
As for the National League, the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks will face off in the National League Wild-Card game tomorrow night in Arizona.
Luis Severino hurled a 100-mph fastball down the middle for strike one.
Tanaka, who played light catch Wednesday, will be making his first postseason start in two years and his second overall. The game did not go quite the way the Yankees would have hoped but hey, a win is a win. Chad Green, David Robertson, Tommy Kahnle, and Aroldis Chapman combined to allow one run on five hits and three walks in 8.2 innings. That's 26 powerful outs after the Yankees' worst nightmare of an opening. That set up Aaron Judge for a two-run home run and a 7-4 Yankees lead. He has struck out 30 batters in those frames.
"[Robertson] definitely did what he was doing all season". "The one thing that we've seen always in Gardy is fight in him".
This encounter will be the first taste of October for the Yankees' "Baby Bombers", putting MVP candidate Aaron Judge - who led the AL in homers (52) and walks (127) - on a big stage in the Bronx that has played host to many legends.
The Twins lineup feature some home run threats with Brian Dozier (34 home runs, 93 runs batted in), Eduardo Escobar (21 home runs, 73 runs batted in), and Eddie Rosario (27 home runs, 78 runs batted in). Judge started the night with a broken-bat single, then after a groundout in his second at-bat, the All-Star connected for a two-run homer to left field. The Twins, who finished the regular season with 85 wins and a stroll of a victory against the Detroit Tigers on Sunday, have the more experienced starting pitcher in Ervin Santana. His stat line read 1/3 of a inning and three earned runs allowed. "That says a lot about this team".
The #new york yankees advanced to the 2017 divisional round of the Major League Baseball playoffs.
The hiatus lasted only a year then, a championship quickly followed, and Gardner has never left. They're moving on to the ALDS on a hot streak and with momentum, two risky postseason facets.
Even so, Gardner proved in the American League wild-card game Tuesday night why he is the flawless bridge between Yankees eras.
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