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ALDS Takeaways: LeMahieu's dream year continues, Yankees out-slug Twins

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Ideal world, the first Friday of the MLB post-season offers the rare combination of quality and quantity. This time of year, every game matters, so you’re assured of high-stakes baseball. And even if one or two of the four scheduled games happens to disappoint, you’ve got selection.

This Friday, both ALDS games proved memorable.

In Houston, Tyler Glasnow looked impressive through four innings before Jose Altuve took him deep in the fifth to get the Astros’ offence started. That was more than enough support for Justin Verlander, who turned in a vintage pitching performance to help the Astros win 6-2 for a 1-0 lead in the series.

In New York, the Yankees and Twins showed off the power that made them the first two 300-homer teams in baseball history. But on a night that five homers left the yard, the most pivotal swing of the game might have been a Gleyber Torres double. With the game tied 3-3 in the fifth, Torres fell behind 0-2 against Tyler Duffey before working the count full and hitting a two-run double. The Yankees never looked back on their way to a 10-4 win that gives them a 1-0 advantage in the ALDS.

Soon enough, it’ll be time for Game 2. For now, let’s focus on what stood out from the ALDS openers (as for the NLDS, look for David Singh’s commentary after the Dodgers vs. Nationals game)…

Though he was something of an afterthought when the Yankees signed him in January, DJ LeMahieu soon emerged as one of New York’s most important players. He hit .327 with 26 home runs during the regular season, leading an injury-plagued Yankees team in wins above replacement........

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