The Yankees vs. Twins series kicks off the 2010 MLB playoff schedule on Wednesday, Oct. 6. Minnesota and New York will play in the American League Division series, with the Twins serving as the first-round host. The Twins won the American League Central this season, giving them home field advantage over the Wild Card-winning New York Yankees. The Yankees fell into second place in the American League East on the last day of the regular season, allowing the Tampa Bay Rays to clinch not only the division, but home field advantage throughout the American League Playoffs.
Game 1 of the Yankees vs. Twins series will be Wednesday night at 5:37 p.m. PT (8:37 p.m. ET). All games of the series will be broadcast on TBS, giving viewers across the country an easy opportunity to take in many of the games. This series will also take place mostly at night, with Tampa Bay getting afternoon start times for their games down at Tropicana Field. This is exactly what TBS wanted anyway, with most fans likely to tune in for night games involving the New York Yankees. This primetime coverage also means night games in Minnesota, though.
The weather in Minnesota is turning cold, and the game time temperature for Wednesday night is projected to be in the 40s. Normally that wouldn’t matter, because, before this season, the Twins had been playing indoors at the Metrodome. Now, though, the Twins have a brand new field called Target Field, and it is an entirely outdoor stadium. If the Twins make it far into the Playoffs, it could get very interesting to see how the field stands up to the possibility of snow. The Yankees vs. Twins series could end up taking place during what many would consider football weather by next week.
Game 1 starters for the series are CC Sabathia and Francisco Liriano, setting the stage for a great pitching duel. Game 2 of the series is set to take place on Thursday in Minnesota, and that will then be followed by two games in New York that take place on Saturday and Sunday. If it is necessary, Game 5 of the series will be played in Minnesota on Tuesday, Oct. 12.
Though we are heading deep into fall with the MLB Playoffs, it is great to have the games played so quickly, unlike the NBA, which has one or two days off between every game. Both teams are also built for the postseason, so this is going to be a great series to decide which team plays in the 2010 American League Championship Series next week.