Dillon Gee is in some really, really amazing company

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Mets right-hander Dillon Gee struggled last season in his return from a blood clot in his shoulder, going 2-6 with a 6.34 ERA through his first 10 starts. Then he struck out 12 batters in a dominant start against the Yankees on May 30 of last year and he hasn’t looked back since.

Gee shut out the Rockies for six innings at Coors Field yesterday and dating back to that May 30 game last season he’s now made 29 starts with a 2.66 ERA in 196 innings.

Check out where his 2.66 ERA ranks among all MLB pitchers with at least 20 starts during that nearly year-long span:

Jose Fernandez     1.56
Clayton Kershaw    1.89
Zack Greinke       2.29
Max Scherzer       2.53
Dillon Gee         2.66

That’s some pretty amazing company for Gee, who prior to that May 30 start last season had a lifetime 4.39 ERA in 353 innings through age 27. Considering how out of nowhere that performance has been and what Gee came back from, it’s a helluva story.

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.