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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%: 43/24 | Average Draft Position: 172.85
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Blue Jays SP R.A. Dickey wins back-to-back starts


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/29/2015) Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey was terrific in his outing against the Phillies on Wednesday. The veteran knuckleballer allowed a pair of unearned runs on seven hits over eight innings. Dickey walked one and struck out four in the 8-2 victory.

Dickey (5-10, 4.27 ERA) shutout the Phillies over the first six innings in this one. But a pair of errors led to single runs in the seventh and the eighth. 

This was Dickey's finest outing this season, as it was the first time he did not allow an earned run. The right-hander is 2-4 with a 3.00 ERA over his past seven starts.


Blue Jays SP R.A. Dickey snags first win in five weeks


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2015) The old knuckleball was really knuckling for the old knuckleballer Thursday afternoon. The result for Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey was his fourth win of the season.

The hard-luck Dickey, who had not tasted victory since June 18 despite several fine performances, finally got some run support in Oakland. He allowed just two runs on five hits in eight innings with one walk and six strikeouts.

Three of those hits came in succession to start the third and resulted in both runs. But Dickey faced only one batter over the minimum the rest of the way.

He has yielded just five runs in his last 21 innings to shrink his ERA to 4.53, its lowest point since May 4. He hopes it's only the beginning because the season so far has been difficult for him mentally.

"I like to pretend that it doesn't affect you at all, but when you look up there and see a 3-10 (record) it hurts, it's hard," he told MLB.com. "I'm hopeful to run off a whole bunch of wins in a row, thinking that things will eventually even out over the course of the year, but there's no guarantee that will happen."


Blue Jays SP Drew Hutchinson out Thursday, Dickey in


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/23/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Drew Hutchison will not make his scheduled start on Thursday against the Athletics because of an undisclosed illness. Starting pitcher R.A. Dickey will start in place of Hutchison, according to Sportsnet.com.

Illness could sideline Jays SP Drew Hutchison on Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2015) John Gibbons has stated that an illness could keep Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison from making his start Thursday in Oakland. His absence would result in R.A. Dickey pitching in his place and with his normal rest.

Hutchison has struggled lately. He has allowed nine runs on 22 hits in 15 2/3 innings over his last three outings.


Blue Jays' R.A. Dickey takes no-decision to snap losing streak


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2015) Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey pitched six innings and left with a no-decision, Saturday against Tampa. 

Dickey allowed one run on four hits and left with the lead, but the bullpen couldn't hold it. It still broke up a stretch of losses in four straight starts. He had allowed 13 runs in the four starts during the slump. 

Dickey walked one, his fewest since June 13 and struck out four.


Jays' Hutchison, Dickey and Estrada get weekend series with Rays


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/16/2015) The Blue Jays have planned out their rotation to start off the second half of the season. The Jays will welcome the Rays in to town for a three-game weekend series. Right-hander Drew Hutchison will start the first game on Friday. Hutchison was the team's Opening Day starter this year as well.

He'll be followed by veteran R.A. Dickey on Saturday and Marco Estrada to close out the series on Sunday. 


Blue Jays SP R.A. Dickey receives 10th loss of season Thursday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2015) Despite producing a solid outing, Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey received his 10th loss of the season during Thursday's 2-0 loss to the White Sox.

Dickey allowed two runs on four hits over seven innings of work. He also struck out six and walked two batters. His biggest mistake was giving up a solo home run to Melky Cabrera in the sixth inning. He is now 3-10 with a 4.87 ERA.

Despite earning a quality start in three of his last four starts, Dickey is now winless in his last four starts.


Blue Jays' R.A. Dickey loses third straight start


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2015) Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey lost to Detroit on Saturday, losing his third straight start and dropping to 3-9 on the year. 

Dickey gave up five runs on a season-high 11 hits, the most hits he's allowed in a start since May 30, 2013. He also gave up a home run, his fourth in the last six starts. 

"Sometimes that's the nature of the game," said Dickey, per MLB.com. "You have a rough first inning, sometimes you have rough fifth innings, but it is psychologically a little bit more difficult to continue to give the offence a hole to dig out of.

"So, today was a disappointment for sure. At the very least, I was able to eat some innings with a thin 'pen, and hopefully that will put us in a position to be OK for the next few games."


Blue Jays' R.A. Dickey loses for third time in last four decisions


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2015) Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey lost to Boston on Monday, dropping his third decision in the last four. 

"It's always frustrating when you give up runs no matter how you give them up," Dickey said, per MLB.com. "I'm kind of in a stretch where I'm pitching just good enough to lose."

Dickey finished a hard-luck month. Despite posting a 3.32 ERA in June, Dickey's record was just 1-3. 

Dickey allowed three runs in six innings on Monday. He got six hits and walked three, while his record dropped to 3-8.  


Blue Jays P R.A. Dickey loses seventh game this season


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2015) Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey gave up three earned runs in Tuesday night's 4-3 loss to the Rays. 

"I was kind of foggy today," Dickey said after his outing, per MLB.com. "It has been a tough week so I haven't gotten to prepare the way that I normally do, but I was able to repeat my mechanics enough.

It was an average performance for Dickey, who lasted seven innings. He gave up eight hits, walked three batters and struck out two. Though his season ERA is 4.88, Dickey has posted a 3.09 ERA over his past five games. 

"I felt good out there, my velocities were still good, my release point was still good," he said. "Thankfully I have enough muscle memory built in there where I can afford to have a week like that and still be OK. It wasn't much of an issue."

The loss brings Dickey to 3-7 this year. 

Dickey's next start is projected for June 29 against the Red Sox. 


Blue Jays reinstate SP R.A. Dickey off bereavement list


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2015) Blue Jays veteran starter R.A. Dickey has been activated off the bereavement list, which would allow him to make his scheduled start Tuesday against Tampa Bay.

The knuckleballer left the team to be with his family in the wake of his father's death. He pitched one of his finest games of the season Thursday, beating the Mets for his first win in a month despite the knowledge that his dad had passed away.


Blue Jays place R.A. Dickey on bereavement list


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2015) The Blue Jays placed starting pitcher R.A. Dickey on the bereavement list Friday and recalled infielder Munenori Kawasaki from Triple-A Buffalo.

Dickey's father died Tuesday night, but he wanted to stay with the team and make his scheduled start Thursday against the Mets. Dickey's next scheduled start is for Tuesday against the Rays, but he can take up from 3-7 days while on the bereavement list.

The veteran knuckleballer is expected to rejoin the team Monday ahead of his scheduled start Tuesday, according to Sportsnet.ca.


Blue Jays SP R.A. Dickey strikes out seven, wins third game


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/18/2015) Blue Jays starting pitcher R.A. Dickey was dominant in Thursday's game against the Mets.

Dickey threw 7 1/3 innings, allowed just three hits and one earned run. His command was a bit shifty as he walked five batters but did manage to strike out seven and pick up his third win of the year.

Dickey (3-6) has a 4.96 ERA in 89 innings of work this season.


Blue Jays SP R.A. Dickey goes six innings in no-decision


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/13/2015) Blue Jays starting pitcher R.A. Dickey threw six innings and received a no-decision in his team's 5-4 win over the Red Sox on Saturday.

In six innings of work, Dickey struck out five batters and allowed three earned runs. 

Dickey (2-6) has a 5.29 ERA with 52 strikeouts in 81 2/3 innings this season.


Blue Jays' R.A. Dickey walks four in no-decision vs. Astros


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2015) Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey didn't factor into the decision on Sunday, giving up two earned runs on four hits and four walks in 5 2/3 innings while striking out five in his team's

Dickey saw his first run score on a wild pitch in the second inning and then surrendered a solo home run in the third. He came just one out shy of recording back-to-back quality starts for the first time since his first two starts of the year, but the starter issued back-to-back walks to load the bases with two outs in the sixth and was removed from the game.

Dickey owns a 5.35 ERA and 46:28 K:BB ratio in 75 2/3 innings. He's slated to face the Red Sox in Boston on Saturday.


Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey goes six innings, takes loss Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/2/2015) Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey pitched well against the Nationals on Tuesday, but was saddled with a tough-luck loss in the first game of the doubleheader. Dickey threw six solid innings in the 2-0 loss. He allowed two runs and scattered eight hits while walking one and striking out six.

Unfortunately for the knuckleballer, he wasn't able to get any run support as the Blue Jays were shutout by Jordan Zimmermann. In the fifth inning against Dickey, Bryce Harper had an RBI-single and Ryan Zimmerman had a sacrifice fly, accounting for the only damage against the 40-year-old.

"R.A. was great, he really was," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said, per MLB.com. "They had that one inning when they plated two and that was the difference. Both sides pitching was outstanding. We really couldn't mount anything against Zimmermann. In the seventh inning we had a shot but he's pretty good."

Dickey (2-6) will carry a 5.53 ERA into his next start, scheduled for Sunday at home against the Astros.


Blue Jays-Nationals game postponed Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2015) Monday's contest between the Blue Jays and Nationals was postponed due to rain, the teams announced.

The game will be made up Tuesday as part of a doubleheader. R.A. Dickey and Jordan Zimmermann will have their Monday starts pushed back to Tuesday's Game 1 matchup. 


Blue Jays' R.A. Dickey gives up five runs in no-decision


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey gave up five runs in a no-decision against the White Sox on Tuesday. 

It was the fourth straight start that Dickey been tagged for at least four runs. He's given up 22 earned runs in the last 25 innings. 

Dickey allowed eight hits, walked two and struck out five. His next start is Monday, at Washington. 


Blue Jays P R.A. Dickey goes full 9 innings in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey pitched a complete game in Thursday night's 8-4 win over the Angels. 

Dickey allowed four earned runs but struck out seven batters. He did walk two batters and allowed two home runs. Dickey now has an ERA of 5.49 for the season. Dickey had previously given up 13 earned runs in his last two games. 

Dickey was pleased with his performance and said pitching coach Pete Walker caught something on film that helped improve his outing on Thursday. 

"I can't say enough about him, if he were not around I would not have caught it on my own," Dickey said, via MLB.com

Dickey's next start is projected for May 26 against the White Sox. 


Blue Jays shuffle rotation, name Todd Redmond Monday starter


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2015) The Blue Jays will start pitcher Todd Redmond in Monday's game against the Angels, Sportsnet reports.

Redmond struggled in two relief appearances in mid-April, giving up eight earned runs in 4 1/3 innings while striking out four and walking five. He's made one start and three relief appearances with Triple-A Buffalo, posting a 4.50 ERA and 13:2 K:BB ratio in 14 innings.

With the change, the team is bumping back the rest of the rotation a day, with Monday's originally-scheduled starter, Aaron Sanchez, moving to Tuesday. Drew Hutchison and R.A. Dickey will pitch Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.


Blue Jays starting pitcher R.A. Dickey banged around for loss on Friday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/15/2015) Blue Jays starting pitcher R.A. Dickey (1-4) was banged around for seven runs on 10 hits in five innings of work Friday to suffer the loss against the Astros.

Dickey was touched for a solo homer from George Springer and a three-run shot from Jose Altuve.

In his last two starts, Dickey has allowed 13 runs in 11 innings (10.64 ERA).

Dickey dropped his first three decisions before winning his last start.

Dickey will return to the mound for his next start Wednesday against the Angels.

Gibbons on Blue Jays' ace: 'He's been throwing the ball good'


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/15/2015) Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey has not had great results so far in 2015. Dickey, who is scheduled to start Friday against the Astros, has 1-4 record with an even 5.00 ERA over his first seven starts. The former Cy Young award winner has an alarming 20:19 K:BB ratio as well, though that can be expected from the knuckleballer.

But manager John Gibbons isn't too concerned about his ace, as he told MLB Network Radio on Friday.

"He's been throwing the ball good all year, he's got zero run support, every time he's given us a chance to win".

Dickey has 11 career appearances (nine starts) against the Astros. He owns a 2-4 record with a 4.52 ERA lifetime.


Blue Jays P R.A. Dickey fails to record a strikeout in loss


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey gave up six earned runs in seven innings of work during Sunday afternoon's 6-3 loss to the Red Sox. 

Dickey allowed four runs in the first inning and two in the fifth. He walked three batters and didn't record one strikeout. This is his second consecutive start without a strikeout, though his last start resulted in his first and only win this season. 

"This pitch in a 162-game season, 34 starts every year, you have little mini seasons within the season," said Dickey, who dropped to 1-4 with a 5.00 ERA. "This last [four]-game stretch has been a very odd one for me. Striking out four guys in [four] outings is very bizarre for me.

"There are certainly some things I need to take away from that and try to get better from, or figure out why I'm not getting the swings and misses I normally get. Eight innings, three hits in the middle of that, a couple of mediocre outings and this one was kind of a poor outing. It's all about making adjustments ... you have to really keep your head up and keep searching for answers and grinding it out."

Sunday's game drops Dickey to 1-4 for the year. He now holds a 5.00 ERA. 

Dickey's next start is projected for Friday against the Astros. 


Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey earns first win with eight strong innings


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/4/2015) Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey (1-3) gave up one run on three hits in eight innings of work against the Yankees Monday to collect his first win of the season on Monday. 

The lone run allowed scored in the seventh inning when Carlos Beltran led off with a double and came around to score on a ground out. 

"I can honestly say, I think that was as good as I've seen him in three years," manager John Gibbons said of Dickey after the win, per MLB.com. "He was really good tonight, and we needed it after a tough loss yesterday to bounce back, even though it didn't happen until late in the game. A lot of movement; I can't remember any mistakes. Usually his mistakes are when his ball flattens out a little bit, and I didn't see any of those today. He was good. Justice served, because he deserved to win on that one."

Dickey had allowed 15 runs over his last 18 2/3 innings (7.23 ERA) before Monday's gem. 

Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin was disappointed the offense couldn't give Dickey more support.

"You go eight innings strong, give up one run, you want your pitcher to get the W out there," he said.

Dickey will return to the mound for his next start Sunday against the Red Sox.


Blue Jays' R.A. Dickey falls to 0-3 with loss vs. Red Sox


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey took his third loss of the season Wednesday, giving up four earned runs on nine hits in seven innings while striking out four in his team's 4-1 defeat against the Red Sox.

Dickey (0-3) surrendered three of his runs in the third inning, with two coming on Hanley Ramirez's 10th home run of the season. He gave up another run in the seventh but had another runner thrown out at the plate on the play to limit the damage.

"It was pretty consistent tonight," Dickey said of the knuckleball. "I threw a lot of good ones. My velocities were good. I made a mistake to Hanley, 0-2, and it cost us. But outside of that I felt like I was pretty on point for most of the night."

Dickey owns a 5.23 ERA and 20:13 K:BB ratio in 31 innings across five starts.

"Dickey pitched good enough to win," manager John Gibbons said. "We just couldn't get anything going. To hold them to four runs in Fenway Park is a pretty good feat."

He'll look for his first win Monday against the Yankees.