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Gee perplexed over wildly disappointing start

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Dillon Gee called it an exhibition in "how not to pitch." Gee's line against the Tigers on Thursday included six runs on four walks, two hit batsmen and three wild pitches. The right-hander came away so disgusted with his outing that he did not even top off his pitch count afterward in the bullpen.

"I felt great all week," Gee said. "Your guess is as good as mine as to what happened today. But we'll figure it out."

Classifying all his pitches as "terrible," Gee could not concoct any theories or hypotheses as to why his control and command so completely deserted him. He had been stellar in his first two Grapefruit League outings, allowing just one run over seven innings, and said he felt fine throwing between starts this week.

Asked to guess the source of his seemingly random struggles, Gee said: "Don't have one right now. Don't even want to think about it."

Gee's next rotation turn is scheduled for Tuesday, a team off-day. He could pitch in a Minor League game that day to stay on turn.

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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