There was Green, striking out the first four batters he faced, then Robertson, pitching a career-high 3 ¹/₃ innings before Kahnle tossed 2 ¹/₃ innings without allowing a base runner.
NY opens the AL Division Series on Thursday at AL Central Cleveland.
Minnesota matched the Boston Red Sox from 1986-95 for the worst postseason skid ever, with 10 of those losses coming to NY.
The Twins finished the season with an 85-77 record, and are the first team in baseball history to reach the postseason one season after losing 100 games.
The Yankees and Indians will get underway from Progressive Field on Thursday night as they begin the ALDS. In all of the games that the two teams have played this century in the playoffs, the Twins have only won two of them. He hit a two-run homer in the cruel one-game elimination of the Twins. Judge went deep in that one against Santana, who owns a 5.66 ERA in 20 career starts versus NY - his highest mark against an AL team.
Severino allowed three runs and four hits, including two home runs, and a walk as Minnesota built 3-0 lead.
The Bronx Bombers will start 23-year-old Luis Severino, who is making his first postseason appearance. ESPN 1500 noted last week that the depth of the Yankees bullpen means Girardi could potentially pull Severino after three innings and rely on his relievers the rest of the way, to save his starting pitcher for the Indians. The American League Player of the Month for September, as he hit.311/.463/.889 with 15 homers down the stretch, Judge carried his form right into October, barely missing two more homers - one laser that went foul, another deep drive to center field that died in the fall air - that could have made it a historic night.
Miguel Sano playing third base for the Lookouts at AT&T Field in April, 2015.
Brian Dozier ambushed a 3-1 fastball to lead the game off with a home run, and five pitches in, the Twins had a 1-0 lead.
"I didn't throw a lot of pitches but that's the decision Joe and Larry have to make", said Severino, who will probably finish in the top three in the AL Cy Young race after going 14-6 with a 2.98 ERA.
A pitcher named Santana - Johan Santana - beat the Yankees for the Twins' last postseason win in 2004. Especially in games against playoff-bound teams like Boston and Houston, Gardner would chat with Judge, Jacoby Ellsbury or Aaron Hicks in the outfield during breaks in the action and "talk about the atmosphere and how great and how special it is". Brushed off the plate by a 2-2 pitch in the second, Gardner sent Santana's next offering into the second deck in right for a 4-3 lead.