The Yankees’ formula for a deep October run centers upon their big-swinging lineup and an equally strong bullpen, one that they believe will ultimately give them the edge in this power-versus-power American League Division Series showdown with the Twins.
Through nine innings, that blueprint appears to be working just fine. DJ LeMahieu homered as part of a four-RBI performance, Brett Gardner also went deep and the Yankees’ prized relief corps combined for 4 1/3 strong innings behind starter James Paxton, fueling a 10-4 victory over Minnesota in Game 1 of the ALDS on Friday at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees improved to 101-37 against the Twins since 2002, including 14-2 in the postseason, where they have won 11 straight over Minnesota. Gleyber Torres delivered one of the biggest hits of the evening in the fifth inning, giving New York the lead by connecting off reliever Tyler Duffey for a two-run double.