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New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman realizes it all needs to come together in this upcoming playoff series against Minnesota.

The New York Yankees emerged as one of the top teams in baseball this year. For the second season in a row, they surpassed 100 regular-season wins, as they won the American League East for the first time since 2012.

However, now is when it matters. The Yankees face off against the Minnesota Twins in a best-of-five ALDS series beginning this Friday. It all needs to come together for the Bombers, piece by piece, and no one understands that better than general manager Brian Cashman.

“We’ve got to play our best baseball. Period. End of story,” Cashman said, per Kevin Kernan of the New York Post. “Do everything in our power to find a way to get past [Minnesota]. We’re really excited for the opportunity. Our first step in this process was to win the division so we didn’t have to deal with the wild-card issue. That’s Phase I. Phase II is to try to find a way to get through this series. They happen to be our opponent and they’ll be a handful.”

It’s a tough scene when a team wins 103 games just to fall in their first playoff series. That could be the Yankees this year, it isn’t impossible. However, the Bombers know what they need to do in order to not let a situation like that come to life.

“We’ll be buttoned up and ready to go,” Cashman said. “It will be our best against their best and we’ll see where it goes. Be good or go home. None of us want to go home.”

The Yanks and Twins begin their series this coming Friday at 7:07 p.m. ET at Yankee Stadium.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.