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Gee rebounds to give strong finish to shaky start

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Perhaps Dillon Gee's brief mound nightmare has come to an end. Saying that he "felt normal again," the right-hander rebounded from another rough beginning on Wednesday to close with two scoreless innings, striking out the final three batters he faced.

"All I needed to look for was that last inning -- that was me," Gee said. "I was aggressive. My tempo was better. The ball was coming out great. Something clicked that last inning, and I felt like my old self."

From the first pitch of his previous outing, against the Tigers, through the second inning on Wednesday, Gee gave up 11 runs in four innings, walking five batters, hitting two and throwing three wild pitches. Manager Terry Collins said last week that Gee was struggling to find his release point, something that usually comes naturally to him.

But with two clean innings now fresh in his memory, Gee does not foresee any similar problems arising.

"I didn't really know until that last inning hit me what I should feel," he said. "The first couple of innings were tentative, feeling for things, and that's just not me. I'm not getting caught up in all this. I know I've just got to keep working, and that last inning was definitely something to build off of."

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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