The New York Yankees defeated the Minnesota Twins by a score of 6-1 to clinch the ALDS and move on to the American League Division Series. Phil Hughes grabbed his first career postseason victory after seven great innings of pitching. Who will the Yanks play? No one knows yet, but if the Rays lose, there will officially be no scrappy teams left for TBS announcers to root for. And also, for the first time since the Wild-Card format was initiated, the Yankees did not come out on the wrong end of a series.

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What was good from tonight you ask? Well, everything. Let’s start with the pitching. Phil Hughes was the dominant third starter that he has all the potential to be. In seven innings worth of work, he allowed only five baserunners (four hits, one walk) while striking out six. And even bigger for Phil, he didn’t allow any homers, which has been a bugaboo for him the in Bronx. Kerry Wood relieved him and gave up only one run, while Mariano Rivera finished off the game in a non-save situation.

And for the offense? They took care of everything they needed to tonight. The lead was taken off a Jorge Posada single to score Robinson Cano, and the Yankees never looked back. Marcus Thames and Nick Swisher both hit towering home runs to send the fans into a frenzy. Heck, even Brett Gardner hit a sac fly. This game was certainly the anti-climatic end to another anti-climatic Yankees/Twins series. While the Twins are good enough to beat up on AL Central teams who barely finish .500, they simply cannot compete with the likes of (obviously) the Yankees.

What’s next for the Yanks? Well, it all depends. The Texas Rangers lead their series 2-1 after a loss to Tampa at home this evening. However, you have to imagine a Cliff Lee sighting will be in the Rays’ future. It all depends if David Price can answer after his last start. Either way, the Yankees are in the ALCS, and in my mind, are the clear front runners to represent the American League in the World Series.

Enjoy tomorrow’s football games folks.