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After Three Starts, Yankees’ Luis Severino Says, ‘I Am My Best’


Manager Aaron Boone is likely to ask Severino for no more than five innings, given his limited workload. But even that will not be a problem for the Yankees, who will have their entire bullpen available after Sunday’s day off.

Unlike the Twins’ relievers, who have failed to perform in Games 1 and 2, the Yankees’ bullpen has been airtight, allowing two runs over nine and two-thirds innings. The question, of course, is whether the Twins have been demoralized by their dismal performances in the Bronx and whether playing at home for Games 3 and 4, if necessary, will be enough of a boost to force a fifth game in New York.

For their part, the Yankees are still saying all the right things about Minnesota’s lineup, which mashed 307 home runs this season, only one more than the Yankees themselves.

“They’re dangerous, there’s no question about that,” Judge said. “That’s why it was so important to jump on them the way we did. We know they’re going to come out banging, they’re going to come after us, so we have to stick to what we’re doing.”

Having witnessed up close the damage the Yankees inflicted on his rotation mates, Odorizzi acknowledged the danger up and down the batting order: Even the slumping shortstop Didi Gregorius, who batted .183 from Aug. 16 until the end of the regular season, found a second life, hitting a grand slam in Saturday’s statement third-inning rally.

“They have nine, 10, 11 guys over there that are very similar to us,” Odorizzi said, referring to the Yankees. “You want your guys to get hot at the right time, but you can’t let a lineup get too comfortable and dictate the at-bat.”


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