MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. --- The Minnesota Twins will once again face the New York Yankees in the first round of the American League playoffs. This time, though, the Twins will have home-field advantage.
Minnesota finished with the third best record in the American League, but will have home-field because they are the #2 seed while New York is the wild card team.
Last year, the Yankees eliminated the Twins in three games in the American League Division Series after the Twins won Game 163 against the Chicago White Sox.
This year, the Twins are 53-28 from the friendly confines of Target Field and will play three out of the five games at home.
The Twins will be without slugger Justin Morneau for at least the first round, but it appears other key players are rested and ready to go.
Jason Kubel did leave the last regular season game after fouling a ball off his right ankle, but there is no word on whether he will miss postseason time.
Francisco Liriano will start Game One of the first round for Minnesota, who won the AL Central by a comfortable 6 games.
The best-of-five series with New York gets underway Wednesday night from Target Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:37 p.m.
Posted by Zach Schneider