Yankees vs. Twins: How to Watch, Live-Stream AL Wild-Card Game

A season of baseball—spring training, epic road trips, homestands, injuries, tears, smiles, 400-foot homers and too many pop-ups to count or remember, of 162 games—comes down to one night in the Bronx between the New York Yankees and the Minnesota Twins.

The Yankees, the "Baby Bombers," are probably ahead of schedule in reaching the playoffs this year. Few expected Aaron Judge or Gary Sanchez to be quite this good this soon in their careers. Judge has powered the offense in his first full season and led the American League with 52 home runs—and strikeouts. Sanchez hammered 33, helping the Yankees heat up again at the end of the season following a sticky patch in the early summer. Joe Girardi got another baby back in Greg Bird for the closing stretch of the regular season, while General Manager Brian Cashman added depth to the pitching before the trade deadline as it became clear that Girardi's team was in the playoff race. David Robertson, acquired in midseason from the Chicago White Sox, has a 1.03 ERA through 30 games; Tommy Kahnle, another player added by Cashman this year, has also impressed.

Girardi has already confirmed that his ace, Luis Severino, will be starting on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium. But with the American League Division Series against the Cleveland Indians starting at Progressive Park on October 5, how deep Severino pitches into the game is a matter of conjecture. ESPN 1500 noted last week that the depth of the Yankees bullpen means Girardi could potentially pull Severino after three innings and rely on his relievers the rest of the way, to save his starting pitcher for the Indians.

All that presupposes, of course, that the Yankees jump out to a lead early. The Twins, who finished the regular season with 85 wins and a stroll of a victory against the Detroit Tigers on Sunday, have the more experienced starting pitcher in Ervin Santana. And while they have an infamously terrible record against the Yankees over the past 15 seasons, the Twins have young slugging power of their own in Miguel Sano. It was a veteran who led the team in home runs, though, as 30-year-old Brian Dozier hit 34. Dozier also led the Twins in RBIs with 93.

You can watch the Yankees and Twins from 8 p.m. E.S.T. via ESPN and ESPN Deportes. Those streaming the game can use the Watch ESPN service.