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43 R.A. Dickey SP
Height/Weight: 6-3/215 | Birthdate: 10/29/1974 | Birthplace: Nashville, TN | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Toronto | College: Tennessee | MLB Experience: 13 | Salary: $5,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 86/61 | Average Draft Position: 172.82
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Blue Jays' Dickey touched for two HRs Saturday, settles for no decision


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/18/2015) Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey was touched for four runs on four hits, including two home runs, in seven innings on Saturday for a no decision against the Braves.

"It's been frustrating, but at the same time I can't be too displeased with some of the results I've been having and making pitches in big situations," Dickey said to MLB.com. "I've been able to do that for the most part, but in reality I feel like I should have given up two runs."

Freddie Freeman connected for a two-run homer and A.J. Pierzynski added a solo shot off Dickey.

"It's been kind of a kooky beginning here," said Dickey. "In all honesty, I feel like I should have about half the walks that I have. A lot of that is out of your control and so you just try to fight with what you got."

Dickey will go after his first win of 2015 on Friday in Tampa Bay.


Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey allows two runs in losing effort


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey allowed two runs on three hits in six innings of work in Toronto's 3-2 loss to the Rays Monday. 

Dickey was a bit erratic on the hill in his start, with six strikeouts and five walks. He ran into trouble in the fourth inning when after loading the bases, Dickey walked David DeJesus to allow a run. He then walked Steven Souza to allow another run before finishing the inning.

"I throw a knuckleball, some would come out and they'd move a ton, some would come out and they'd stay high," Dickey said of the command issues. "I lost my release point a little bit in the fourth. They really made me work, they did a really good job of laying off some close pitches and I didn't make the big pitch when I had to."

He now boasts a 2.19 ERA and will look for his first win Saturday against the Braves.


R.A. Dickey thrives in season debut despite unfavorable conditions


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Blue Jays starting pitcher R.A. Dickey battled the elements during his season debut Wednesday against the Yankees, which included a temperature of 44 degrees and periodic mist. Despite the rough conditions, the knuckleballer thrived, allowing one earned run in 6 1/3 innings.

"It was tough to get a feel for it consistently, just because it was cold and the balls were very, very slick," Dickey said, per MLB.com. "So that made it difficult to repeat my release point and every ball had a different feel. It was tough. ... Yes, I was happy with the result, but it was a struggle."

Although his final stat line looks as though he had a strong performance, Dickey admitted he was uncomfortable during his entire outing.

"Contrary to spring training, I was behind in a lot of counts and had to make good, quality pitches 2-0, 2-1, 3-1," Dickey said. "Even in that seventh inning, I got to 3-0 on [Brian] McCann and had to make three really good pitches, and thankfully I did, but that was a microcosm of most of the night.

"I was able in the middle innings there to get a little bit of a groove going, but it wasn't coming out of my hand just right, wasn't getting the late movement, but it was certainly moving enough to where they were hitting pieces of it."


Blue Jays' R.A. Dickey walks three in season debut vs. Yankees


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey didn't factor into the decision in his season debut Wednesday, allowing just one earned run on three hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings while striking out four in his team's 4-3 loss to the Yankees.

Dickey said this week that he's looking to slow down his knuckleball this season after walking more than 70 batters in each of the last two seasons. While he still issued too many free passes Wednesday, the walks didn't come back to haunt him. Dickey is scheduled to face the Rays Monday.


Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey wants to slow down knuckleball


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey wants to keep his knuckleball under control this year, reports MLB.com.

Dickey said he felt his mechanics were out of control when he tried to speed up the pitch last year.

"I think it's just so much more of a comfort thing, what speed am I comfortable at," said Dickey. "I know when I step on the gas, when I do that, I get a little bit outside of my mechanics and I can generate a little bit more velocity."

Dickey, who walked 74 hitters in 2014, knows that worrying too much about the velocity will lead to more walks this season.

"I think for me, it means that speed isn't necessarily as important as being able to throw it in the strike zone," said Dickey, who went 14-13 with a 3.71 ERA last season. "A lot of times, the last couple of years, I would get in trouble trying to make a knuckleball go 78 or 80 mph, when a 75 mph knuckleball is just fine and it's in the strike zone."


Blue Jays set pitching rotation for first series of season


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) The Blue Jays set their starting rotation for the first three games of the season, against the Yankees. 

RHP Drew Hutchison will start Monday's opener. After an off day on Tuesday, RHP R.A. Dickey will start Wednesday and LHP Daniel Norris, Thursday. 


R.A. Dickey relived to be out of the limelight, primed for career year


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2015) Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey told reporters he's relived to be out of the limelight heading into his 19th professional baseball season, according to the Toronto Star.

"I think you guys are looking into it too much, if you ask me," Dickey said. "I guess it's a little weird you've got two guys 36 and 40 and a bunch of young guys. They're just fading us old guys out and bringing the young guys in."

The 40-year-old is slated to start on Wednesday. He told Yahoo! Sports he's primed for the best season of his career.

"I have changed up [my routine] a little bit in the sense that I’m taking it a bit slower and trying to peak at the right time," Dickey said. "I feel like my innings have been built up, my pitch counts have been built up and I’m feeling confident that I’ll be ready when we break camp."


Hutchison, Dickey, Norris will headline Blue Jays rotation


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) The Blue Jays finalized their rotation order to start the season, according to MLB.com. John Gibbons will roll with Drew Hutchison on Opening Day against the Yankees on Monday, followed by R.A. Dickey on Wednesday and Daniel Norris on Thursday. Mark Buehrle and Aaron Sanchez will take the mound Friday and Saturday at Baltimore, respectively. 

Josh Thole's demotion impacts Blue Jays roster, catcher rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) The Blue Jays announced Tuesday catcher Josh Thole was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo. Thole's demotion means Russell Martin will be knuckleballer R.A. Dickey's personal catcher, per MLB.com.

Thole's demotion also means Dioner Navarro, who has asked for a trade, will be the backup catcher and get some at-bats at DH.


Blue Jays LHP Mark Buehrle said he'll make first start April 10


(3/29/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Mark Buehrle said he will make his first start of the season April 10 in Baltimore, reports MLB.com.

The Blue Jays have not yet officially announced their rotation but it is expected they'll go in the order of: Drew Hutchison, R.A. Dickey, Daniel Norris, Buehrle and Aaron Sanchez.

"Doesn't matter to me," Buehrle said when asked if he had a preference. "I'm going to get 33 starts in by the end of the year, so it doesn't matter."

The left hander has started three games this spring, posing a 2.45 ERA in 9 2/3 innings.

Blue Jays' Gibbons denies that GM is against Thole catching Dickey


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons denied a previous report that he wanted Josh Thole to make the club to catch knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, and general manager Alex Anthopoulos did not, according to Sportsnet.ca.

Thole is hitting .333/.423/.429 through 21 Grapefruit League at-bats.


Blue Jays' Thole could get most starts when R.A. Dickey is pitching


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons is considering having Josh Thole catch knuckleballer R.A. Dickey during the 2015 season, per Sportsnet.ca.

"If (Russell) Martin catches 130 games, he maybe more valuable with the other four starters," Gibbons said.


Blue Jays' Russell Martin, R.A. Dickey starting to develop chemistry


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2015) After their first pitching and catching session of the spring, Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin said he had no issues trying to catch R.A. Dickey's knuckleball, reports MLB.com.

"I think he's probably a little bit impressed with how I'm able to catch it and not struggle too much," Martin said. "I'm not making it look too pretty back there, but I think as long as I catch the ball, I think that's the most important part."

Dickey has struggled to find a catcher over the last two seasons with the Blue Jays that can handle his knuckleball, but said Martin appears to be the perfect match.

"Russell's a great athlete, and more than that, he has a real willingness and desire to unpack what it takes to catch it well," Dickey said. "I don't anticipate us having any trouble. I think he's going to be able to do it."


Blue Jays' R.A. Dickey not getting caught up in expectations


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2015) Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey is learning from his past. He is making sure to not worry about what people expect to see from him or the team this year, according to the Toronto Sun.

"After what happened in the 2013 season, I've always been cautious to say 'Oh, we're great,'" Dickey said. "That was a learning experience. It seems like on paper we've made some real improvements. We've certainly added some pieces. I hope we're going to be great, but we still have to find that out."

Dickey went 14-13 in 2014 with a 3.71 ERA and 173 strikeouts in 215 2/3 innings pitched.

"It's funny how it goes," Dickey said. "When the season ends, you're like 'I don't ever want to see a baseball again, forever.' Then as the off-season goes along, you start getting fevered up again. There's something innate about it. Your body knows it's time and you start getting hungry to do it again. The biggest hurdle for me is always family. The hardest thing about it for me is to look at my eight-year-old's eyes and see them well up with water because I'm leaving for an extended time again."


Blue Jays' Dickey has faith in Russell Martin catching his knuckleball


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey is excited about new catcher Russell Martin and believes he can catch his knuckleball, SportsNet.com reports.

“Nothing is going to replace time spent together, and so I think from the get-go, we’re probably going to be spending a lot of time on the side, bullpens, playing catch so that he can get a feel for what that pitch does and see if he feels like it’s something he can do every day that I pitch, that’s 34 starts,” Dickey said.

Martin said he expects to be the catcher when Dickey starts and doesn't believe the knuckleball will be a problem.

Dickey went 14-13 in 2014, posting a 3.71 ERA in 215 2/3 innings.


R.A. Dickey allows two runs in win vs. Mariners


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey earned a win Tuesday, giving up two earned runs on five hits and two walks in seven innings while striking out six in his team's 10-2 victory over the Mariners.

Dickey (14-12) gave up two runs in the third inning to fall behind 2-1, but the Blue Jays offense took advantage of a rare off-night by Felix Hernandez to rack up seven runs in the fifth and help Dickey cruise to a win in his sixth straight quality start. He owns a 3.78 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 171:71 K:BB ratio in 209 2/3 innings. Dickey's slated to face the Orioles in the season finale Sunday.


R.A. Dickey unable to factor into the decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey tossed a quality start but was unable to factor into the decision Thursday night against the Yankees in New York.

Dickey allowed a run-scoring double to Stephen Drew in the fifth and a solo home run to Derek Jeter in the sixth. He permitted two runs on five hits and one walk while striking out three over six innings of work. Of his 89 pitches, 60 were strikes.

Dickey owns a 3.82 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP over 32 starts (202 2/3 innings). His next start will come Tuesday at home against Seattle.

R.A. Dickey allows three runs in win vs. Rays Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey earned a win Saturday, giving up three earned runs on four hits and two walks in seven innings while striking out five in his team's 6-3 victory over the Rays.

Dickey (13-12) has won each of his last three starts, lasting seven innings in each while allowing a total of six earned runs during that stretch. He gave up a run on a groundout in the first inning and another on a wild pitch in the third before serving up a solo home run in the sixth. Dickey owns a 3.84 ERA and 162:68 K:BB ratio in 196 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Yankees Thursday.


R.A. Dickey adds to quality start run


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/7/2014) R.A. Dickey entered Sunday's game at the Red Sox having made four quality starts in his last five tries, and he extended the string in the Blue Jays' 3-1 victory. Dickey allowed only one run on six hits and no walks, and he struck out four batters.

Over his six most recent starts, Dickey has compiled a 3.11 ERA, and he now has a 3.84 mark on the season, to go with a 12-12 record.


R.A. Dickey wins one Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey turned in a strong start Tuesday against the Rays.

Dickey gave up two runs on two hits over seven innings. He struck out six and walked three. Dickey was tagged for both runs early in the start. After getting a strikeout to open the second inning, Dickey loaded the bases on a single, walk and hit by pitch. With the bases juiced, Dickey gave up a run-scoring single and a sac fly. That was all Dickey would give up. After his rough second inning, Dickey would go on to throw five scoreless frames.

With the win, Dickey improved to 11-12. He'll take on the Red Sox in his next start. 


R.A. Dickey hurt by an error Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey was hurt by an error Tuesday against the Red Sox.

Dickey allowed three runs, one earned, on five hits over six innings. He struck out six and walked two. All three runs came across the plate in the first inning. Brock Holt should have struck out to open the game, but instead reached on a passed ball. Dustin Pedroia hit a two-run homer in the next at-bat, putting the Red Sox on the board early. Dickey put two men on base as the inning went along. With two outs, Dickey gave up a run-scoring double to Will Middlebrooks. Allen Craig also attempted to score on the play, but was thrown out at the plate. Dickey was only charged with one of the three runs.

Dickey left with the game tied, picking up a no-decision. He’ll take on the Rays in his next start.


R.A. Dickey can't be picky - snags win despite poor outing


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey didn't require a third straight quality start to gain his 10th win of the season Wednesday in Milwaukee. In fact, he didn't need to perform well at all.

Dickey rode strong hitting support to the win despite giving up five runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. He walked one, fanned four and yielded a two-run homer to Carlos Gomez in the sixth inning that knocked him out of the game.

The veteran has given up 24 runs in his last 44 2/3 innings. He will try to pitch better Tuesday against Boston.


R.A. Dickey surrenders two runs in loss vs. Mariners


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey suffered a loss Wednesday, giving up two earned runs on seven hits and four walks in six innings while striking out two in his team's 2-0 defeat against the Mariners.

Dickey (9-12) has issued four walks while giving up two runs in six innings in each of his last two outings, though he was able to rack up six strikeouts in his previous start Friday. His only damage Wednesday came on a two-run home run in the first inning. Dickey owns a 3.95 ERA and 137:60 K:BB ratio in 164 innings. He's scheduled to face the Brewers next Wednesday.


R.A. Dickey gives up two runs in no-decision vs. Tigers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey didn't factor into the decision Friday, allowing two earned runs on five hits and four walks in six innings and striking out six in his team's 5-4 loss to the Tigers.

Dickey allowed both runs on a third-inning single, but he was able to pitch around his wildness for the remainder of the start before the bullpen blew the lead in the ninth. It was the first time he didn't record a decision in 11 straight starts. Dickey owns a 3.99 ERA and 135:56 K:BB ratio in 158 innings. He's scheduled to face the Mariners Wednesday.


R.A. Dickey takes step back in loss to Houston


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2014) Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey took a step backward Saturday night, scattering five runs on nine hits and no walks in seven innings while striking out five in his team's 8-2 loss to the Astros in Houston. Of his 111 pitches, 82 were strikes.

Dickey has allowed four-plus runs in three of his last four starts. He owns a 4.03 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP over 24 starts (152 innings). The knuckleballer will look to find the winning path Friday at home against Detroit.