MINNEAPOLIS (CBSNewYork) — The Yankees are moving on to the American League Champion Series.
Gleyber Torres hit a solo home run in the second inning, and the Bombers would add four more runs before Aroldis Chapman closed things out as New York completed the three-game sweep of Minnesota with a 5-1 win late Monday night.
The Yankees will play either Houston or Tampa Bay in the ALCS. The Astros lead that series 2-1, with Game 4 set for Tuesday in Florida.
Things got interesting in the ninth inning, but the Yankees ended up doing what they came to Minneapolis to do, and the post-game champagne celebration was epic.
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“We’ve got a great team. I never had a doubt in my mind that we can sweep or that we could win every game,” pitcher Luis Severino told CBS2’s Otis Livingston.
“How about you coming off injury?” Livingston asked.
Severino didn’t get a chance to answer: Aaron Judge poured a bottle of champagne over his head.
“Talk about this team going through so much adversity this year. The injuries, and then guys stepping up, coming out of nowhere, seems like. Can you put into words what that means as a team?” Livingston asked Judge.
“It’s just a lot of guys that, you know, just check their ego at the door. Every time they walk into this, you know, stadium, or their home stadium, you know, guys, all we focus on is winning,” Judge said.
“If we played the way we’ve been playing all year we’re going to be successful. And that’s what we did this series. You know, if we can continue that, we’re going to be in good shape,” added first baseman DJ LeMahieu.
“Is this the way you envisioned your season going?” Livingston asked.
“You know, that was the goal. But it’s really hard, and you know, it’s been a good year, as a team, it’s been a lot of fun. It’s been a great year,” LeMahieu said as he was doused with champagne.
The Yankees advanced to the ALCS for the 17th time. They last won the World Series, the 27th championship in team history, back in 2009.