2nd Inning: Yankees Take the Lead
The Yankees have a 1-0 lead, and absolutely no one should be shocked that it came via home run. Luis Severino wriggling out of a self-induced jam in the bottom of the inning.
With one out in the top half of the inning, Gleyber Torres had the scoring started by lining a ball 376 feet to left center, just clearing the outstretched glove of Jake Cave. The Twins challenged Torres's first career postseason homer, but Gary Cederstrom, tonight's home plate umpire, confirmed the dinger.
Severino left the right field by Eddie Rosario. Luis Arraez left the bench with no outs. That brought up the powerful Miguel Sano, who, on the eighth pitch of a tense at-bat, skied at infield fly that was reeled in by D.J. LeMahieu for the first out of the inning. Jake Cave on a slider.
The Houdini act was impressive, but the Yankees are likely concerned that their fragile ace is already up to 45 pitches.  1st Inning: All Quiet in Minnesota
It was an uneventful first inning as each team had a batter reach base, but there was no real scoring threat.
Jake Odorizzi got off to a strong start in the top half by the inning by striking out DJ LeMahieu on four pitches, blowing three consecutive four-seamers past the all-star infielder. Aaron Judge appeared to be out of the box on catcher's interference. But Odorizzi recovered nicely, striking out Brett Gardner and getting Edwin Encarnacion to fly out to the threat of the threat.
Luis Severino was a bit shaky at first in the bottom, but still put up a zero. Jorge Polanco on a soft fly ball to leave. Max Kepler on five pitches and needed seven pitches to retire.
The Yankees wants to start trotting out the same starting lineup that generated 18 runs over the first two games of the series.
DJ LeMahieu 1B
Aaron Judge RF
Brett Gardner CF
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Giancarlo Stanton LF
Gleyber Torres 2B
Gary Sanchez C
Didi Gregorius SS
Gio Urshela 3B
The Twins, going against a right-hander, wants go with the same lineup they used in Game 2 .
Max Kepler CF
Jorge Polanco SS
Nelson Cruz DH
Eddie Rosario RF
Mitch Garver C Luis Arraez 2B
Miguel Sano 3B
Marwin Gonzalez 1B
Jake Cave LF
Pregame Story Lines
Much Has been made of the Yankees' starting rotation being bolstered by the return of its ace, Luis Severino. But there is some risk inherent in being a pitcher. Severino did not face major league hitters until the Yankees' 152nd game of the year, and got just 12 innings over three starts. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Severino's regular season workload was the fourth-lightest of the six-season finals – Virgil Trucks holds the major league record Detroit Tigers in 1945.
Severino pitched well in those 12 innings, with a 1.50 ERA and 17 strikeouts, and he was terrific for most of the 2018 season. But there is also the matter of his rocky postseason résumé. The 25-year-old has started six playoff games and has gotten past the fifth inning in just one of them. Perhaps the worst moment of his career was the 2017 wild card game against the Twins.
Severino wants to be up against Jake Odorizzi, who is charged with ending Minnesota's record streak of 15 consecutive losses in playoff games. Odorizzi would seemingly be the ideal man for the job, considering he allowed three or fewer runs in all but one of his 13 starts after the All-Star break. The only problem? The lone exception was a disaster with Yankees on July 24 in which he allowed nine runs in four innings.