SAN FRANCISCO -- Tyler Rogers only threw two pitches in the first MLB postseason appearance of his career, but that was enough to confuse a few people sitting at Oracle Park. That's because they were wondering why the Giants right-hander was also sitting next to them in the seats.
Tyler and his brother Taylor, a pitcher for the Minnesota Twins, are identical twins, and Taylor attended Game 1 and watched with other members of the Rogers family. That led to some strange looks from Giants fans.
"A lot of people mistook him for me," Tyler said on Saturday. "During the game they were asking him why he's in the stands."
It's hard to tell the two apart -- unless they're on a big league mound. Tyler is a submariner and throws from the right side. Taylor is a traditional left-hander who gets hitters out with fastballs in the upper 90s. He's really good at it, too, and this summer he was named to his first All-Star team.
Tyler made the trip to Coors Field for that one and this weekend Taylor has come out for his twin's first playoff series. The two spent some time together on the field after the 4-0 win and took pictures with family members, and Tyler said they've exchanged some notes on how to handle postseason pitching.
Taylor has been in the postseason three times already with the Twins. Tyler made his debut Friday, recording the final out of the eighth inning. He said he got some good advice from his brother about how to handle the in-game schedule during postseason games.
"He told me about the commercial breaks being longer and he said, 'If you're warming up in between innings really take your time, because you can be ready and there will still be a minute and a half left until the commercial break is over," Tyler said. "That was a good tidbit from him."