Giants' Tyler Rogers Makes MLB Debut Minutes After Twin Brother Gets Save

SAN FRANCISCO -- Tyler Beede has spent much of the last three seasons watching Tyler Rogers dominate for the Sacramento River Cats, but he has yet to meet Taylor Rogers, the twin brother.

"I feel like I have, though," Beede joked. 

That's how it is with twins, and on Tuesday that connection ramped up a bit. Less than half an hour after Taylor earned his 21st save for the Twins, Tyler made his MLB debut a couple thousand miles away. 

The two became the 10th set of Twins to both reach the Major Leagues. Taylor pitched a perfect inning. Tyler did, too. 

"That's a pretty cool feeling in itself right there, for twin brothers to pitch at the same time in the big leagues," Tyler said. "That's pretty cool."

According to reporters covering the Twins, the team gathered around to watch their closer's brother take a big league mound for the first time. Taylor told Dan Hayes of The Athletic that he checked the box score after securing the save and then changed all the clubhouse TVs. 

"I'm not gonna lie to you, I was thinking about it out there, if he was gonna go in at the same time as me," Taylor told The Athletic. "You know how twins operate, a lot of times it's like random stuff comes together and you're like, 'Wow, only this would happen to the twins.'"

Tyler made his debut look easy, showing the kind of feel for pitching that led to consistently strong numbers in Triple-A. His sinker maxed out at 83.7 mph, but that doesn't matter when you're getting soft contact. All three Diamondbacks he faced grounded out, with Alex Avila hitting one 82.9 mph and Nick Ahmed bouncing one at just 69.9 mph. 

Tyler brought buzz to an otherwise lackluster game. The Giants lost 3-2, dropping both games of a series they probably needed to sweep. But for a moment, all eyes were on the new guy, and a lot of jaws dropped.

"These guys, you don't see a lot of them, so they can be tough," manager Bruce Bochy said of the submariner. "But he gets a lot of movement and keeps the ball down. He gets outs. That's what it's about."

Bochy plans to use his new right-hander as a matchup play for now, but that could change over time. The Giants will see what they have, and fans apparently are ready for more of the unique rookie. Tyler got a standing ovation as he walked off the mound.

"I was surprised by it," he said. "I don't think I've ever heard a roar that big on a baseball field. I kind of looked up and was like, 'Wow, this is amazing.'" 

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