RandBall: What does history mean for Twins-Yankees on Tuesday?

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"They would have been shocked if they would have lost to the Twins back then", ESPN's Buster Olney said Monday. "For those who need a refresher on how these two teams fared most recently against one-another, it was a complete one-sided clobbering back on Sept 18-20, when the Bombers swept the Twinkies, 18-6 in total runs scored".

"So tomorrow is going to be one", Santana said with a twinkle in his eye.

Even though the AL Wild Card showdown between the New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins is the only game on the docket today, it still makes for some intriguing daily fantasy options.

He has made five postseason relief appearances against the Yankees with the Angels, the most recent in 2009 when he worked four games in the ALCS.

The Twins will travel to NY on Tuesday night to square off against the Yankees.

But the Twins are not chasing the demons of Ron Gardenhire, Phil Cuzzi and the Piranhas. The Astros are looking to win home-field advantage in the AL and, a longshot, but potentially the whole MLB Postseason.

"Anyone who doesn't believe in miracles is not a realist", Santana wrote with a series of hashtags, including "#SMELLBASEBALL!"

I expect a fair amount of pushback on this take but there are a few reasons why I think Sano should be a bench option and not the starting DH.

Santana's record is 0-5 with a 6.43 ERA in six career starts at the new Yankee Stadium. "That tweet is, you know, just trying to be positive".

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"I'm really excited for this group to experience this", Mauer said. "So, I have to look it up". The way he looked on Sunday, he might not be done yet this year, either. Central on Tuesday, with first pitch not slated until more than 10 hours later. He has the best stuff on the team, and is the second-best pitcher on the staff, after Santana. Once the Yankees jumped out to a strong start and showed they were legitimate contenders, general manager Brian Cashman got aggressive and dipped into a deep farm system for July trades that netted Frazier, Robertson, Kahnle and starting pitcher Sonny Gray.

Santana has more experience than his counterpart, NY starter Luis Severino, who is making his postseason debut.

Can the Twins upset the heavily favored Yankees?

The pressure is all on the Yankees. This is the fourth time the 34-year old has won 16 or more games in a season. They have the 27 world championship banners. Powered by Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton, the Twins became the first team to go from 100 losses one year to the playoffs the next.

Gary Sanchez tied for the ML-lead in passed balls with 16, but his ability to throw out baserunners (38 percent) and his booming bat (33 homers, a team record for catchers) earned him an All-Star berth in his first full season.

The Yankees received an MVP-type season from rookie right fielder Aaron Judge, breaking the major league mark for home runs by a first-year player with 52 while driving in 114 and scoring 128 runs. Nobody thought they were going to be here.

"It's a one-game deal". We'll see if he gets an opportunity on Tuesday. "It's going to be a fun a postseason".

"Here's why I think the Yankees can make noise: No one can shorten the game like Joe Girardi can with this bullpen", Boone said.

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