Yankees have won 11 consecutive postseason games vs. Minnesota (since 10/6/04), their longest postseason winning streak ever vs. a single opponent.




STARTING TIME: 7:09 p.m. TIME OF GAME: 4:15 GAME TIME TEMPERATURE: 58 degrees PAID ATTENDANCE: 49,233 (Sellout #1)

WINNING PITCHER: Tommy Kahnle (1-0)

PITCH COUNTS (Total Pitches/Strikes): LOSING PITCHER: Zack Littell (0-1)

Yankees: James Paxton (86/50) SAVE: None Twins: José Berríos (88/54) HOME RUNS


YANKEES – DJ LeMahieu (#1 / 6th / solo / 1 out / first pitch / Stashak / NYY 6 – MIN 4) Jorge Polanco (#1 / 1st / solo / 1 out / 1-1 / Paxton / MIN 1 – NYY 0) Brett Gardner (#2 /6th / solo / 2 out / 0-1 / Stashak / NYY 7

TWINS – Nelson Cruz (#17 / 3rd / solo / 2 out / first pitch / Paxton / MIN 2 – NYY 0) Miguel Sanó (#1 /6th / solo / 0 out / 0-2 / Kahnle / MIN 4 – NYY 5)


• The Yankees took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five ALDS…are 9-2 in their last 11 postseason openers (since 2005).

• Have won 11 consecutive postseason games vs. Minnesota (since 10/6/04), their longest postseason winning streak ever vs. a single opponent…are 14-2 all-time in postseason games against the Twins (7-2 at home, 7-0 on the road)…are 16-2 against the Twins at Yankee Stadium since 2015, including the postseason.

• Trailed, 2-0, in the middle of the third inning…tied for fourth in the Majors in the regular season with 43 comeback wins (second in the AL to Oakland-44).

• At 4 hours, 15 minutes, was the second-longest nine-inning postseason game in Yankees history, behind 2004 ALCS G3 at Boston (4:20).

• Yankees batters scored 10R in a postseason game for the first time since 2011 ALDS G4 at Detroit (10-1 win)…set a club postseason record with 3SB in the seventh inning (incl. 2SB by PR/LF Cameron Maybin).

• 1B DJ LeMahieu (3-for-5, 2R, 1 double, 1HR, 4RBI) hit a solo HR in the sixth, his first career postseason HR and RBI…added a bases-clearing double in the seventh…led the Majors in BA with RISP in 2019 (.389)…his 3H matched his total from his first five career postseason games (3-for-20, 2 doubles, 0R, 0RBI w/ Colorado)

. • Is the second player in Yankees history to record 4RBI in his first postseason game with the club, joining Bobby Abreu (4RBI in 2006 ALDS G1 vs. Detroit)…is the first player to record 3H in his first postseason game with the Yankees since Jason Giambi (3-for-4 with 1HR, 3RBI in 2002 ALDS G1 vs. Anaheim)…is the first Yankee with at least 3H and 4RBI in a postseason game since Robinson Canó (3-for-5, 1R, 2 doubles, 1HR, 6RBI) in 2011 ALDS G1 vs. Detroit.

• Is the fourth Yankees leadoff hitter to collect 4RBI in a postseason game, joining Johnny Damon (4RBI in 2007 ALDS G3 vs. Cleveland), Hank Bauer (4RBI in 1958 World Series G3 vs. Milwaukee-NL) and Frankie Crosetti (1938 World Series G4 vs. Chicago-NL).

• CF Brett Gardner (1-for-4, 2R, 1HR, 1RBI) hit a solo HR in the sixth…was his second career postseason HR (also a solo HR in the 2017 AL Wild Card Game vs. Minnesota)…hit third for the second time in his postseason career (2018 ALDS G1 at Boston)…tied for the AL lead with 9HR in September.

• 2B Gleyber Torres (1-for-3, 1R, 1 double, 2RBI, 1BB, 1SB) hit a go-ahead two-run double in the fifth inning.

• RF Aaron Judge (1-for-3, 2R, 2BB) reached base three times…raised his career postseason OBP to .381.

• DH Edwin Encarnación (2-for-5, 1R, 2 doubles, 1RBI) doubled in his first two at-bats…had been 1-for-21 (.048) in his previous seven postseason games (since 2016 ALCS G5 vs. Cleveland w/ Toronto).

• LF Giancarlo Stanton (0-for-1) drew 3BB…had 1BB in 22PA last postseason.

• LHP James Paxton (4.2IP, 5H, 3ER, 1BB, 8K, 2HR) made his postseason debut and took a no-decision.

• Is the fourth pitcher in Yankees history to record at least 8K in his postseason debut, joining Dave Righetti (10K in 1981 ALDS G2), Red Ruffing (10K in 1932 World Series G1) and Lefty Gomez (8K in 1932 World Series G2).

• RHP Tommy Kahnle (0.2IP, 1H, 1ER, 1BB, 1K, 1HR) earned his first career postseason win.

• Yankees relievers allowed just 1ER on 2H over 4.1IP (5BB, 5K).


• The Twins fell to the Yankees in ALDS Game 1…have lost their last 14 playoff games, the longest losing streak by any team in postseason history (broke a tie with Boston-13G from 10/25/86-10/6/95)…of those 14 Twins losses, 11 have come against the Yankees, including each of the last eight.

• This series marks the Twins’ second postseason appearance in the past three seasons (also 2017 AL Wild Card Game) after missing the playoffs in their previous six seasons (2011-16)…marks the Twins’ 13th postseason overall since the franchise moved to Minnesota.

• Fell to 2-14 all time in postseason games vs. the Yankees…have lost 11 straight postseason games against the Yankees (dating back to 2004 ALDS Game 2), Minnesota’s longest losing streak against a single team in postseason history…have lost all five completed postseason series played against the Yankees: 2017 Wild Card (0-1), 2010 ALDS (0-3), 2009 ALDS (0-3), 2004 ALDS (1-3) and 2003 ALDS (1-3)

. • Are now 25-41 (.379) all time in the postseason.

• Twins batters hit 3HR tonight, their most ever in a postseason game.

• Have been held to 4R-or-fewer in each of their last 11 postseason games (since 10/3/06), tied for the third-longest such streak in modern postseason history (since 1903)…trails only the Brooklyn Dodgers’ 18-game streak from 10/09/1916-10/1/47 and the Oakland Athletics’ 12-game streak from 10/17/74-10/6/88.

• RHP José Berríos (4.0IP, 4H, 3R/1ER, 3BB, 6K) made his career postseason start and did not record a decision…marked his second career postseason appearance (also a relief appearance in the 2017 AL Wild Card Game).

• In four career appearance vs. the Yankees (both regular season and postseason), is 1-3 with a 5.57 ERA (21.0IP, 13ER).

• SS Jorge Polanco (2-for-3, 1R, 1HR, 2RBI, 2BB) reached base four times…hit his first career postseason home run in the first inning and an RBI double in fifth…hit a career-high 22HR during the regular season

• DH Nelson Cruz (1-for-3, 1R, 1HR, 1RBI, 2BB) hit a solo HR in the third inning, his 17th career postseason home run and his sixth career home run in the division series.

• His 17 career postseason home runs are the second-most among active players, trailing only Albert Pujols (19HR)…is hitting .371 (13-for-35) with 6R, 1 double, 3HR and 8RBI in his last nine postseason games…in 13 career division series games, has hit .320 (16-for-50) with 11R, 2 doubles, 6HR and 9RBI.

• 3B Miguel Sanó (1-for-4, 1R, 1HR, 1RBI) made his postseason debut and hit a solo HR in the sixth, becoming the eighth Twins batter to homer in his postseason debut since the franchise moved to Minnesota in 1961…was the first to so since Eddie Rosario and Brian Dozier both did it in the 2017 AL Wild Card Game.

• LF Marwin Gonzalez (2-for-4, 1 double) has hit in each of his last five postseason games and in 10 of his last 11…is hitting .350 (16-for-44) with 4R, 5 doubles, 2HR and 9RBI in his last 11 postseason games.


Game Date Opponent Probable Pitchers (2019 Regular Season Stats) / Results Time (ET) TV Game

1 Fri., Oct. 4 vs. Minnesota YANKEES 10, Minnesota 4

Game 2 Sat., Oct. 5 vs. Minnesota RHP Masahiro Tanaka (11-9, 4.45) vs. RHP Randy Dobnak (2-1, 1.59) 5:07 p.m. FS1

Game 3 Mon., Oct. 7 at Minnesota RHP Luis Severino (1-1, 1.50) vs. RHP Jake Odorizzi (15-7, 3.51) 7:37 or 8:40 p.m. FS1

Game 4* Tues., Oct. 8 at Minnesota TBA vs. TBA 8:07 p.m. FS1

Game 5* Thurs., Oct. 10 vs. Minnesota TBA vs. TBA 5:07 or 7:07 p.m. FS1 * – if necessary

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