After picking up the save in Tuesday’s win, Minnesota Twins closer Taylor Rogers got to see his twin brother debut for the San Francisco Giants.
Tuesday night was a great evening for Minnesota Twins reliever Taylor Rogers. As the current closer for the Twins, Rogers came into Minnesota’s 3-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox in the ninth inning and shut down the side in order to help earn his 21st save of the season. Even though he continues to be the best reliever in the Twins’ bullpen, his highlight of the night didn’t come until after the game.
That’s because nearly 25 minutes after closing out the Twins’ victory, his Twin brother, Tyler, was warming up for his major league debut. As Taylor rushed to turn every TV in the clubhouse to his brother’s game (via Dustin Morse of the Twins), Tyler got his opportunity and pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the San Francisco Giants’ loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks at Oracle Park.
Despite what some called a twin-like feature having the twin brothers pitch at almost the same time across the country, Taylor admitted to Dan Hayes of The Athletic that his brother’s potential debut was on his mind while he was on the mound, causing a mad dash to the clubhouse once the game concluded.
"“You know how twins operate,” Rogers told Hayes after the game. “A lot of times it’s like ‘Wow, only this would happen to twins,’ No, um, I got in here and checked the box score to see if he had been in yet and then I changed all the TVs in here.”"
The Rogers twins have taken different paths to the majors as Taylor made his debut in 2016 after being a 10th round pick out of the University of Kentucky. While he has gone on to. be one of the most dominant left-handed relievers in the game, Tyler had to wait for his opportunity after being a 10th round pick by the Giants in 2013.
After compiling a 2.52 ERA in seven seasons in the Giants’ minor league system, Tyler got his shot after Trevor Gott was placed on the injured list with a right elbow strain. Either way, it was a great night for the Rogers family that could spawn an interesting correlation for both relievers in their major league career.