Judge, the rookie sensation who stands 6-foot-7 and hit 52 home runs to set a new rookie record during the regular season, was given a huge ovations with a number of sections holding up signs that said "All Rise", when he came to bat in the first.
The Yankees bullpen combined for 8 2/3 innings of one-run ball.
In the end, the home crowd and Yankees lineup will prove to be too much for the Twins to handle.
The New York Yankees appeared on the verge of a quick exit from the Major League Baseball playoffs Tuesday night after ace Luis Severino was battered in the first inning. There were two outs and the Twins had put two runners on base against Robertson, who, by that point, had been on the mound for more than three innings. Look for Santana to attack the strike zone, while forcing the aggressive Yankee hitters to chase his pitches.
Photo Brian Dozier (2) hit a lead-off home run for the Twins. But they needed Santana to last, and he couldn't After being spotted three runs, Didi Gregorius immediately wiped the slate clean.
After the first-inning mess, Gardner began turning the momentum back instantly with a leadoff walk against Ervin Santana. The Yankees went on and added to their lead, with contributions from superstar and potential MVP Aaron Judge, Greg Bird, and Tommy Kahnle.
The Yankees now play the 102-win Cleveland Indians. October is October. For those three-plus innings, Robertson had pitched early the way Mariano Rivera had once pitched late at this time of year.
It left Minnesota without Buxton and slugger Miguel Sano - left off the roster because of a left-shin injury - and the Twins just did not have enough to overcome New York's overpowering bullpen.
Almost all of the pitchers were stretched beyond what they normally pitch and most relievers like to have an idea how many innings or outs they'll be tasked with giving the team. After his American League wild-card start against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night, he still barely has.
The Indians won the regular season series with the Yankees, 5-2. With a fresh starter, a stacked bullpen, and an explosive offense, the Yankees could enter the series against the red-hot Indians with a little bit of confidence. Bauer has gone 10-4 with a 3.93 ERA at home this season.