BRADENTON, Fla. -- Before the Twins played a Grapefruit League game against the Pirates at McKechnie Field on Monday afternoon, both clubs played in a six-inning "B" game at Pittsburgh's Minor League complex.
Left-hander Taylor Rogers started for the Twins, giving up two hits over two scoreless innings in his spring debut. Right-hander Tyler Duffey also made his first appearance of the spring, and he gave up two runs on two hits over two innings. Left-hander Jason Wheeler, who made his Grapefruit League debut on Saturday, threw two scoreless innings with two strikeouts.
"Those three guys, Wheeler's pitched a little bit, but the other two hadn't even been on the mound," Twins general manager Terry Ryan said. "Duffey had a little trouble finding the strike zone. Rogers and Wheeler did well. It was good for them to get some work."
"All of those position players need at-bats," Ryan said. "And we saw some good pitching on their behalf. So you're always looking for opportunities to get some guys more work, and that's what it came down to."