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ALDS: Twins lineup vs. Yankees, game schedule announced

[picappgallerysingle id="8493792"]The playoffs are finally here, and we know who will be playing for the Minnesota Twins, and what time they’ll be taking on the New York Yankees. Manager Ron Gardenhire recently announced the Twins lineup that will debut on Wednesday night at 7:30 against C.C. Sabathia and the New York Yankees. It’s exactly the lineup that I (and probably everybody else) expected, with the only aberration from my mental Twins lineup in the cleanup spot.

Here it is: Denard Span (center field), Orlando Hudson (second base), Joe Mauer (catcher), Delmon Young (left field), Jim Thome (designated hitter), Michael Cuddyer (first base), Jason Kubel (right field), Danny Valencia (third base), J.J. Hardy (shortstop). Francisco Liriano will pitch for the Twins.

I had thought it might be Jason Kubel hitting cleanup, but Gardenhire moved Delmon Young to the cleanup spot to protect Joe Mauer. Either way, the Twins have a very strong lineup against the formidable C.C. Sabathia.

Let’s remember, though – Sabathia looked woeful against the Tampa Bay Rays in their last series together, which was an incredibly high pressure situation. So, here’s hoping that Sabathia feels the same kind of heat – with the same kind of results – on Wednesday night against the Twins.

It’s also worth remembering that C.C. Sabathia was at Tropicana Field when he pitched that game, and he’ll be at Target Field on Wednesday night against the Twins.

I, for one, think it’s the Twins’ year to pummel the Yankees. Somebody else thinks it’s going to be something to watch, too, because the Twins and the Yankees will play their first three games in prime time (Wednesday at 7:37pm, Thursday at 5:07pm, and Saturday at 7:37pm). Pretty awesome.

By the way, check out my latest article about the Minnesota Twins for Minnesota Public Radio, here.