Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Yankees, Twins lineups for ALDS Game 3

Leave a comment

The Yankees will try to polish off a sweep of the Twins in the ALDS by winning Game 3 in Minnesota on Monday night. Luis Severino will square off against Jake Odorizzi. Here are the lineups they’ll be facing:

Yankees

1B DJ LeMahieu
RF Aaron Judge
CF Brett Gardner
DH Edwin Encarnación
LF Giancarlo Stanton
2B Gleyber Torres
C Gary Sánchez
SS Didi Gregorius
3B Gio Urshela

SP Luis Severino

Twins

CF Max Kepler
SS Jorge Polanco
DH Nelson Cruz
RF Eddie Rosario
C Mitch Garver
2B Luis Arraez
3B Miguel Sanó
1B Marwin González
LF Jake Cave

SP Jake Odorizzi

First pitch is scheduled for 8:40 PM ET and will be broadcast on FS1.

If the Yankees finish things off tonight, it would mark their fifth ALDS victory over the Twins since 2003. They defeated the Twins three games to one in both 2003 and ’04, and swept them in back-to-back years in 2009 and ’10. The Yankees also defeated the Twins in the 2017 AL Wild Card game. Combined, the Yankees are 15-2 against the Twins in the playoffs since 2002.

Astros claim AL pennant with walk-off win against the Yankees

Astros
AP Images
10 Comments

Following a rollercoaster performance on Saturday, the Astros clinched the American League Championship Series with a decisive 6-4 walk-off win against the Yankees, claiming their second AL pennant and earning a well-deserved entrance to the World Series.

Both clubs decided to preserve possible Game 7 starters Luis Severino and Gerrit Cole, electing to have a “bullpen day” for a pivotal Game 6. Chad Green took the mound for the Yankees, tossing one inning before handing the ball off to a long line of relievers, while Brad Peacock‘s rare playoff start was capped at 1 2/3 innings. According to ESPN Stats & Info, that made it the first postseason game since 1999 in which neither starting pitcher lasted two innings or longer.

All told, the two clubs utilized a total of 13 pitchers to make it through nine innings. The Astros lost Ryan Pressly to a worrisome knee injury in the third, but were able to lean on José Urquidy for 2 2/3 innings of one-run, five-strikeout ball. Although Yankees’ bullpen fought back in every inning, they had considerable difficulty recovering from Yuli Gurriel‘s three-run homer off of Green in the bottom of the first:

Still, New York managed to get in a couple of knocks as well: first, with Gary Sanchez‘s RBI single in the second inning, then with Gio Urshela‘s 395-foot blast in the fourth inning — the second of his postseason career to date. That wasn’t enough to close the gap, however, and Alex Bregman‘s productive groundout in the sixth helped cushion the Astros’ lead as they headed toward the final few innings of the series.

That lead started to look a little shaky in the ninth. Only three outs away from a ticket to the World Series, Houston closer Roberto Osuna gave up a leadoff single to Urshela, which was quickly followed by a jaw-dropping, full-count, game-tying two-run shot from DJ LeMahieu that barely cleared the right field fence.

With the threat of extra innings and a potential loss looming, the Astros engineered a last-minute rally to regain the lead and stake their claim for the pennant. With two outs and no runners on, George Springer took a five-pitch walk from Aroldis Chapman. In the next at-bat, Houston pinned their hopes on José Altuve — and he didn’t disappoint, lifting a 2-1 slider out to left field for a 406-foot, two-RBI homer that confirmed the Astros’ series win.

The 2019 World Series will mark the third Fall Classic appearance for the Astros and the first for the Nationals. It all begins on Tuesday night.