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ALDS Game 3: Yankees at Twins

It’s win or go home for the Bomba Squad.

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Divisional Series - Minnesota Twins v New York Yankees - Game Two
Polanco: “Yep, that was me.”
Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images

First Pitch: 7:40p Central
Television: FOX Sports 1 (FS1) (Joe Davis, John Smoltz); (subscription)
Radio (English, local): WCCO 830 AM, Treasure Island Baseball Network (Cory Provus, Dan Gladden, Kris Atteberry)
Radio (English, national): ESPN Radio (Dan Shulman, Chris Singleton)
Radio (Spanish, local): La Raza 1400 AM (Twin Cities)
Know Thine Enemy: Pinstripe Alley

I don’t think I really need to tell you how important it is that the Minnesota Twins need to win this game tonight. I do think I really need to tell you that I do not approve of this start time. I also think I do really need to tell you that I still believe the Twins will win this series in five games.

Rocco Baldelli has called upon non-Uber-driver-extraordinaire and All-Star Jake Odorizzi to make his first postseason start tonight. Odo is 1-1 with a 8.10 ERA against the Yanks this year in two starts; his last outing, he survived only four innings and nine earned runs in a 10-7 loss. Good news? His last two months of the regular season saw him pitch to a 3.04 ERA in nine starts, allowing only two homers and striking out 65 batters (11.7 K/9) against 16 walks (2.9 BB/9).

Aaron Boone counters with Luis Severino. Some say that this is a surprising choice considering Severino has only pitched in three games this season after being out most of the year with right shoulder rotator cuff inflammation and a lat strain. In those three starts (against the Los Angeles Angels, Toronto Blue Jays, and Texas Rangers), he logged 12 innings, allowing two earned runs, six walks, and 17 strikeouts. You may remember Severino as the pitcher who started for New York in the 2017 American League Wild Card Game, where the Twins batters knocked him out after 0.1 innings as he surrendered four hits, three earned runs, a walk, and two homers. He has six postseason appearances to his name, posting 23 innings with a 6.26 ERA, 21 strikeouts, 14 walks, and five homers.

Today's Lineups

DJ LeMahieu - 1B Max Kepler - CF
Aaron Judge - RF Jorge Polanco - SS
Brett Gardner - CF Nelson Cruz - DH
Edwin Encarnacion - DH Eddie Rosario - RF
Giancarlo Stanton - LF Mitch Garver - C
Gleyber Torres - 2B Luis Arraez - 2B
Gary Sanchez - C Miguel Sano - 3B
Didi Gregorius - SS Marwin Gonzalez - 1B
Gio Urshela - 3B Jake Cave - LF

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