Twins vs. Yankees Game 3: Live Score and Updates

Twins vs. Yankees Game 3: Live Score and Updates

The Yankees will be trotting out the same starting lineup that generated 18 runs over the first two games of the series.

  • D.J. 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, will 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

  • 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 having a pitcher who is still working his way into shape being counted upon to anchor a team. 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 by a pitcher asked to make a postseason start — Virgil Trucks holds the major league record with just five and a third regular season innings before starting two World Series games for the Detroit Tigers in 1945.

    Severino pitched well in those 12 innings, with a 1.50 E.R.A. 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 lowest moment of his career was the 2017 wild card game against the Twins, when he was pulled after allowing four hits and a walk before recording a second out. When asked about that performance on Sunday, Severino showed a sense of humor by smiling and saying, “I don’t even remember that.”

  • Severino will be going 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 of a start against the Yankees on July 24 in which he allowed nine runs in four innings.

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