Remind me again how the Twins make the playoffs every year? Oh right, they play in the AL Central. Minnesota got its annual October act off on the only foot you’d expect them to get off on, blowing an early 3-0 lead in a 6-4 loss to New York, marking the seventh straight Yankees win over the Twins in which they’ve come from behind. Since the 2002 ALCS, Minnesota is now 3-17 in postseason play, including losses in its last 10 games (seven of which came against New York).
Francisco Liriano did his part to blow the early lead, coughing up four runs in the sixth to fall behind 4-3, and after a bases-loaded walk tied it in the bottom half, reliever Jesse Crain gave up a two-run homer to Mark Teixeira to provide the difference. CC Sabathia was far from sharp for the Yankees, using 111 pitches to get through six shaky innings, but it proved enough to pick up the win, which was aided by four outs by some guy named Mariano Rivera. Rivera came in with a pair in scoring position in the eighth and induced a Denard Span ground out, then worked around a two-out single from Delmon Young in the ninth to earn his 1,209th career postseason save.
Even with the New York win, I suppose all wasn’t lost on the first day of playoff action — after all, Roy Halladay went out and did something pretty, pretty, pretty special, and Texas went to the Trop and got a 5-1 win over those idiot Rays in the early game. All in all, an entertaining way to get things off and rolling.
The excitement of October baseball continues Thursday, with Texas and Tampa Bay getting it started at 2:37, followed by New York and Minnesota at 6:07 and Atlanta and San Francisco at 9:37.