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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%: 49/16 | Average Draft Position: 172.80
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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. 


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


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(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.