Twins chase Yankees' Luis Severino in the first inning

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The Cleveland Indians get no easy road in the American League Division Series.

Aaron Judge became the third Yankee to homer in his playoff debut, with a two-run drive in the fourth inning as the New York Yankees overcame an early deficit to defeat the Minnesota Twins, 7-4, in the American League wild-card game.

NY tied the game in the bottom of the first on a three-run home run by Didi Gregorius. The 34-year-old Ellsbury has been a DH 12 times in his career, including four times this season.

However, the Yankees are undaunted, especially after beating the Twins. But the Cleveland Indians, believe it or not, are the popular pick to go all the way this season, thanks to their historically good pitching staff.

The Twins had an horrendous 103 loss season last time out, and most believed just improving upon that was a more realistic target than getting into the postseason. However, that doesn't mean that NY doesn't have a very real chance to take out the defending AL champions.

The two clubs met just a couple of weeks ago at the same venue, and it was the Yankees that took all three games, outsicoring Minnesota 18-6. "However, it isn't an impossibility that the blueprint for a Twins win exists, and in fact was found in that same dominant series for the Yankees".

The turnaround was fueled by a focus on fundamentals, especially in the field and on the bases.

As it turned out, the Yankees did both.

"It gives us more options off the bench", Girardi said.

Severino allowed three runs and four hits, including two home runs, and a walk as Minnesota built 3-0 lead.

Green deserved a save for his efforts right there, and manager Joe Girardi deserves credit for making the right call - to the right reliever - in that critical spot.

Before the last rites could be read, the Yankees' never-say-die character emerged. There were two outs and the Twins had put two runners on base against Robertson, who, by that point, had been on the mound for more than three innings.

In addition to the superlative bullpen, the Yankees received home runs from Didi Gregorius, a three-run blow off Ervin Santana in the bottom of the first, Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge.

So what can we take away from the Wild Card Game? The Twins have also ridden a scalding hot offense the past month, so it's entirely possible that we could see a blowout one way or another tonight. The one outlier in that stretch was a three-inning, three-run outing against Minnesota on September 20, when the 23-year-old was pulled following a 46-pitch third inning.