Cooperstown was dead in more than one way yesterday

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With only the dead being inducted into the Hall of Fame yesterday, the crowd responded in similar fashion. Bob Nightengale:

Sunday’s crowd count suffered greatly: 2,500 attended, the Hall announced, well off the typical crowd estimate of about 20,000.

Only 32 of the living 62 Hall of Famers were on hand. Probably because they didn’t have any new friends to welcome or old friends to greet.

To date the Hall of Fame has been 100% supportive of the voting tack the BBWAA has taken and has shot down any suggestion that something needs to change in either the voting criteria or the composition of the electorate.

But you have to figure that another couple of years like this would at least start to make them change their mind.

Orioles acquire Alec Asher from the Phillies

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The Phillies announced on Tuesday that the club traded pitcher Alec Asher to the Orioles for a player to be named later.

Asher, 25, was the victim of a roster crunch. He was not going to make the 25-man roster and the starting rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley was already full. The Phillies acquired him from the Rangers in the July 2015 Cole Hamels trade.

Asher had good results in 27 2/3 innings in the big leagues last year, posting a 2.28 ERA with a 13/4 K/BB ratio. While it didn’t show in those stats, the right-hander sometimes struggles with command and he doesn’t miss bats often enough to make up for it. The Orioles, however, are happy to add some pitching depth.

Ervin Santana gets Opening Day nod from Twins again

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Ervin Santana will once again start on Opening Day for the Twins, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports. He’ll face the Royals at home in a day game on Monday, April 3.

The last pitcher to start back-to-back Opening Days for the Twins was Carl Pavano in 2011-12.

Santana, 34, is entering the third year of a four-year, $55 million contract signed in December 2014. Last season, the right-hander finished with a solid 3.38 ERA and a 149/53 K/BB ratio over 181 1/3 innings.