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Rogers returns after memorable stretch with family originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
CLEVELAND -- Tyler Rogers needed just eight pitches to get through the bottom of the eighth inning on Friday night, which must have brought a weary smile to his face. Right now, there's nobody in orange and black who needs to get back to the comforts of the clubhouse more than Rogers.
Rogers is capping an emotional and exhausting week, one that started with a historic moment. On Monday night, he faced his brother, Taylor, at Oracle Park, but he wasn't around as his twin locked up a San Diego Padres win in the ninth. Tyler was already on the way to the airport for a red-eye flight to Indiana, where he watched his son, Jack Ryan Rogers, come into the world.
Rogers spent three days with his wife, Jennifer, and first child, and on Friday he took a flight to Cleveland, where he was thrown right back into his familiar setup man role in a 4-1 win.
As he stood in the visiting dugout Friday afternoon and recapped it all, Rogers wore bags under his eyes. But he also couldn't stop smiling.
"I haven't even really had a chance to sit down and think about it," he said. "I was looking at pictures on my phone today on the plane of Monday with my brother, and that was, up to that point, right up there with my wedding day of really cool days. The very next day, my first kid is born.
"I don't even know how to put that into words, to be honest with you. I'm very blessed to have all of that go on in a short period of time."
Jack Ryan Rogers got his first name from Tyler's grandfather and took Jennifer's last name as his middle name. He arrived at seven pounds, three ounces, and he proved to have perfect timing. The red-eye landed in Evansville, Indiana, at 6 a.m. Jack popped out at 8:53 a.m., and all involved are doing well. Tyler said his wife "was a champ" throughout.
It'll be a while before the newest Rogers boy meets his uncle, who has a season to play, and even Tyler has some catching up to do. Before Monday's game, Taylor told him to take off after he had pitched, even if it meant missing his twin's outing. They still shared plenty of memories, though.
Gabe Kapler and Bob Melvin sent the Rogers twins out to exchange lineup cards: pic.twitter.com/XzQz4oufHN
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Asked what the coolest part of Monday night was, Tyler said it was the drive to Oracle Park. He picked his brother up at the Padres' team hotel and they drove in together.
"I think that was a cool moment because it was just us," he said. "We were talking and we were like, 'Man, we didn't even dream of this situation. You don't even think of it.'"
The brothers also shared a memorable moment as Tyler was warming up. The bullpens at Oracle Park are side by side, and as he was getting loose, he noticed Taylor peeking over the wall.
"I could see his head and he had the biggest smile on his face," Tyler said.
After the hectic stretch, it was back to business on Friday night. Tyler came on for the eighth inning and got a pop-up and two groundouts. Before the game, he said fatigue wouldn't be an issue at all.
"I'm going to run (with) this high for a while," he said. "I don't need sleep right now."