Yankees are ready for a 'wild' ride Tuesday night

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But the 24-year-old reported some soreness Monday, and the Twins opted to carry 11 pitchers on their roster for their game, leaving only five position players on the bench.

Santana, 34, went 16-8 with a 3.28 ERA this season and is 2-2 in eight postseason appearances. Ervin Santana will take the mound after finishing fifth among AL starters with a 3.28 ERA. They led the major leagues in scoring over that span despite losing slugger Miguel Sano to an injured shin that leaves his status for Tuesday's wild-card game a wild card.

The Yankees finished the season second in the AL East at 91-71, while the Twins finished second in the AL Central at 85-77.

This is not, by a long shot, similar to the 2015 wild-card game when the Yankees faced Astros lefthander Dallas Keuchel, who had dominated them twice in the regular season.

The victor of tonight's game will travel to Cleveland for a seven-game series against the defending American League champs.

The first pitch is set for 8 p.m.

"I think we've played some of our best baseball in the month of September", said manager Joe Girardi.

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The Yankees and the Twins were separated by six wins in the standings and around $90 million in payroll this season.

The familiar foes are meeting for the fifth time in postseason play since 2003, but for the first time since back-to-back sweeps in the division series by the Yanks in 2009 and 2010 - and thus, for the first time under the one-and-done format. With such heavy strikeout numbers, Severino has been able to limit his number of walks issued (0.22:1 BB:K ratio) along with his home-run rate, allowing 0.97 HR/9.

So, could the Yankees go from wild card to a deep October run? Brett Gardner came out of the week with 157 hits, 96 runs, 21 homers and 63 RBI, while Aaron Judge had 128 runs, 154 hits, 52 homers and 114 RBI. It's also the one area I think they have a clear advantage over the Yankees.

"Somebody asked me earlier, 'Does it feel like seven years?'" Mauer said. But there is a reason they're not expected to win: The Twins have lost 12 straight playoff games, and nine straight to the Yankees. The Yankees used to beat the Twins a long time ago - so what? It's a close one, but the Yankees will pull out a thriller in the Bronx.

Meanwhile, the Yankees official Twitter account expressed the team's condolences toward victims of the Las Vegas shooting by saying, "We are deeply saddened by the tragedy in Las Vegas".

When they meet again in the 2017 playoffs, the Yankees will need just one game to end Minnesota's brief postseason run. In right field, Max Kepler has just two errors in 299 total chances, and Eddie Rosario has just four errors in 274 chances.

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