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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%: 39/23 | Average Draft Position: 172.94
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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.


Blue Jays SP R.A. Dickey allows eight runs in loss to Rays


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Blue Jays starting pitcher R.A. Dickey had his worst start of the season during a 12-3 loss to the Rays on Friday. The veteran knuckleballer gave up eight runs (seven earned) on nine hits and one walk, while striking out zero batters in 4 2/3 innings.

Dickey (0-2) was pitching with a 2-0 lead when the Rays put up four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. James Loney and Rene Rivera each had a two-run homer.

The Rays then came back in the fifth inning with five more runs. The big hit was an RBI triple by Asdrubal Cabrera.

Dickey had allowed seven runs in 19 1/3 innings in his first three starts. His ERA jumped from 3.26 to 5.25. 

"I don't really have an answer. Sometimes it's the nature of the pitch," Dickey said of his performance, per the Toronto Sun. "I threw some really bad ones tonight that they hit. Sometimes those get popped up or not swung at. You give what you've got and some times it's great and some times you stink. Tonight I stunk."

He will make his next scheduled start Wednesday at Boston.


Gibbons: Dickey won't have personal catcher with Navarro on the DL


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons told reporters that knuckleballer R.A. Dickey will not have a designated personal catcher while Dioner Navarro is on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring injury, per the National Post.

Navarro was Dickey's battery mate this season. Toronto called up Josh Thole from Triple-A, who is familiar with Dickey's work. He caught the majority of the knuckleballer's starts during his run with the Mets. Gibbons said he's leaning on having Thole behind the plate catching Dickey on Friday, per Sportsnet.ca.


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.