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For Gordons, a memory to cherish

Dee and younger brother Nick play in same game
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JUPITER, Fla. -- They embraced and mingled for a few minutes on Friday morning during batting practice, and later in the afternoon, bid their goodbyes by the team bus.

In a flash, the game flew by at Roger Dean Stadium, but it was a memorable one for Dee and Nick Gordon. The brothers both were in the same game for their respective teams with Nick's Twins coming out on top of the Marlins, 8-2.

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JUPITER, Fla. -- They embraced and mingled for a few minutes on Friday morning during batting practice, and later in the afternoon, bid their goodbyes by the team bus.

In a flash, the game flew by at Roger Dean Stadium, but it was a memorable one for Dee and Nick Gordon. The brothers both were in the same game for their respective teams with Nick's Twins coming out on top of the Marlins, 8-2.

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Dee Gordon, leading off and playing second for Miami, went hitless in three at-bats.

Nick wasn't supposed to play, but the 21-year-old got an at-bat in the ninth inning, lifting a fly ball out to left.

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"I hadn't really thought about it until I got out here and saw him talking to his brother before the game," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "I didn't know if it would work out, but I was kind of looking for [an opportunity]."

Dee Gordon, a two-time All-Star second baseman, was just glad to see his younger brother, who is rated by MLBPipeline.com as the Twins' top overall prospect.

"During stretch, we talked," Dee said. "Then, they were in the cage, and I was back here watching him hit. I talked to him a little bit."

The brothers were hoping to see each other earlier in Spring Training at Fort Myers. Dee was supposed to be on the Feb. 27 trip, but he ended up not going because he was dealing with an eye infection.

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On Friday, the brothers were together on the same field. A couple of uncles and cousins were on hand, but not their father, former big league closer Tom "Flash" Gordon.

From the dugout, Nick got to observe Dee in action.

"It was great to see him play," Nick said. "It's the first time I've really gotten to see him on the field."

Nick projects to open the season at Double-A, but he is tracking toward playing in the big leagues at some point in the next year or two.

"You see your brother out there, you definitely want to be out there with him," Nick said.

The more experience Nick gets, the less advice Dee feels he needs to offer.

"He doesn't need it," the Marlins' second baseman said. "He knows how to play. He doesn't need my advice. I need his advice. He's raking."

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com.

Miami Marlins, Minnesota Twins, Dee Gordon, Nick Gordon