As a young player, Brett Gardner was overshadowed by the New York Yankees' "Core Four" as well as a spate of high-priced, high-profile free agent acquisitions.
Danny Trevathan has had his two-game suspension minimized to one game after an appeal on Tuesday.
Judge hit a line-drive, two-run homer in the fourth inning to make it 7-4.
"Normally, I just jog after a home run, " Gregorius said, but he felt himself carried around the bases, wanting to race back into a euphoric dugout.
Severino started well, with a 100 miles per hour fastball for a strike to the Twins' Brian Dozier. They have a bullpen to match the one Indians manager Terry Francona can turn to, and their starting pitching is almost on a par with that of the Tribe. He gave up three runs, allowed two more runners to get into scoring position with only one out and seemingly killed his team's season before it could get a turn at bat.
The pitching matchup is an interesting battle between Luis Severino and longtime ace Ervin Santana.
Judge reached the Yankee Stadium crowd in his first postseason game on Tuesday, and they returned the favor.
In the midst of all the strikeouts, the bullpen also finished up Tuesday's tilt having allowed just one run over 8.2 innings. The Yankees went on and added to their lead, with contributions from superstar and potential MVP Aaron Judge, Greg Bird, and Tommy Kahnle. For Joe Mauer it will be his first playoff appearance since 2010, and for Dozier his first appearance ever.
The bullpen dominance continued for NY when Tommy Kahnle entered the game. The victor of this game will take on the Central Division Champion Cleveland Indians on Thursday.
Gardner gave the Yankees a 4-3 lead with a second-inning home run to right field. Later on, David Robertson came in behind Green, a one-time Yankees closer coming out of the bullpen in the third inning, and proceeded to pitch 3 1/3 innings and strike out five. They had started the regular season well, winning 21 of their opening 30 games, before suffering a mid-season slump that saw them drop back to 45-40.
While the New York Yankees may have gone 2-5 against the Indians this season, that does not mean anything. His 16-8 record with a 3.28 ERA to go along with five complete games and three shutouts is a big reason why his team made it this far.
That performnce comes with a cost, however, as the Yankees won't have a full strength bullpen heading into Game One of the ALDS against the Indians tomorrow.
Almost all of the pitchers were stretched beyond what they normally pitch and most relievers like to have an idea how many innings or outs they'll be tasked with giving the team.