In the midst of the excitement of the Home Run Derby, a second Twins representative received word that he would represent his league at Coors Field.
Andrew Kittredge of the Rays and Taylor Rogers of the Twins have been named All-Star replacements for the inactive Gerrit Cole and Yusei Kikuchi.— All-Star Game (@AllStarGame) July 13, 2021
After starting off the season as Minnesota’s set-up man, Taylor Rogers has taken on the co-closer role for the Twins and has pitched his way onto the American League All-Star Team. Rogers has been one of the Twins’ most reliable relievers this season, leading qualifying Minnesota pitchers with a 3.35 ERA and 2.32 FIP, striking out 54 and walking eight while posting a 1.115 WHIP.
Rogers, named to the AL roster this evening, has already made it to Coors Field and will join Nelson Cruz as representatives of the Twins:
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The only downside of Rogers’ elevation to the Midsummer Squad is that he must now don one of those ugly All-Star Game jerseys. Whether he gets to wear it on the mound is to be seen.