Twins take advantage of playing time in 'B' game vs. Bucs

Rogers, Wheeler pitch well, Polanco homers in six-inning matchup

Twins take advantage of playing time in 'B' game vs. Bucs

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."

On the offensive side, second baseman Jorge Polanco connected on a solo homer, while non-roster invitee Shane Robinson went 2-for-3. Byron Buxton, the No. 1 overall prospect by MLB.com, went 1-for-3, while fellow top prospect Miguel Sano, ranked No. 11 by MLB.com, went hitless with an error at third base.

Top Prospects: Sano, MIN

"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."

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.