Oh you knew this one was coming.
Stacey, Margaret and I had unanimous votes on just one of our Top 10. And this was the one.
In Game 1, with the Yankees down 3-0 in the sixth, Robi Cano and Jorge Posada each hit RBI singles, and Curtis Granderson tripled to deep centerfield to put the Yankees up, 4-3. The Twins tied in the sixth, but Teixeira hit a two-run homer to score Swisher to seal the victory.
With the game tied at 2 going into the seventh, Lance Berkman (wow, him, huh?) doubled and Jeter singled to make it 4-2, and Grandy singled to score Gardner for the win.
Game 3? No contest. It’s what all the writers were raving about:
Just wait until the playoffs, the Yankees said. Wait until the bunting is draped, the division series logos appear and the games start to matter â€” to really matter â€” once more. That would be when their lineup would jell and their pitching would thrive â€” when they would morph back into the Yankees. They waited. And they were right. The Yankees are back where they started their championship run of 2009, with a three-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins and loads of confidence heading into the American League Championship Series.
With the win, New York posted nine straight postseason victories against Minnesota, dating back to 2004.
Hughes got the win in Game 3, the youngest pitcher to start and win a post-season game since — wait for it — Dave Righetti, 22, pitched Game 3 of the 1981 ALCS.
Quick: Who caught Righetti’s no-hitter in July two years later? An easy one for SWB fans.