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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: 12 | Salary: $5,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 85/61 | Average Draft Position: 173.68
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Josh Thole's demotion impacts Blue Jays roster, catcher rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:34 am ET) 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.

R.A. Dickey Ks 10, finds winning path in Boston


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey bounced back with an exceptional performance Monday in Boston, improving to 9-10 on the year. The knuckleballer permitted one run on three hits and one walk while striking out 10 over seven innings of a 14-1 victory.

Dickey struck out 10-plus in a start for the first time this season. He owns a 3.91 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP over 23 starts (145 innings). His next start will come Saturday at Houston.

R.A. Dickey wins despite poor performance


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey was hittable Wednesday against the Red Sox.

Dickey allowed four runs on nine hits over six innings of work. He struck out five and walked one. Dickey threw 97 pitches. Dickey ran into trouble early. After giving up two singles to open the game, Dickey allowed a three-run home run against David Ortiz. Dickey settled in at that point, tossing four straight scoreless innings. He ran into trouble again in the sixth, allowing a one-run double. 

The Blue Jays offense showed up Wednesday, putting Dickey in line for the win. With the win, Dickey improved to 8-10 on the year. His next start will come against the Red Sox.


R.A. Dickey hit hard in loss to Rangers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2014) Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey got roughed up in his first start after the break Friday night against the Rangers, dropping to 7-10 on the year. The knuckleballer permitted five runs on six hits and no walks while striking out seven over seven innings of a 5-1 defeat.

Over his last two starts covering 13 innings, Dickey has allowed seven earned runs. He owns a 3.95 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP over 21 starts (132 innings). His next start will come Wednesday at home against Boston.

R.A. Dickey pitches well in defeat


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey allowed two runs on five hits over six innings Sunday, but his team gave him no run support in a 3-0 loss to the Rays. Dickey (7-9) struck out and walked three as his ERA dipped to 3.82.

Dickey will stay on regular rest despite the All-Star break, as he's scheduled to pitch Friday against the Rangers.


Blue Jays announce rotation plans


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) The Blue Jays announced their pitching rotation following the All-Star break. R.A. Dickey will get the ball Friday against the Rangers and be followed by Marcus Stroman, Mark Buehrle, Drew Hutchison and J.A. Happ.

R.A. Dickey will make one more start before the break


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey will make one final start before the All-Star break -- on Sunday against the Rays in Tampa Bay, Sportsnet.ca reports Friday. The move was made based on his track record at Tropicana Field. Dickey is 2-2 with a 3.64 ERA over eight appearances (six starts) in his career in Tampa Bay.

R.A. Dickey tosses seven scoreless innings in win Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey earned a win Tuesday, giving up just four hits and one walk in seven scoreless innings and striking out five in his team's 4-0 victory over the Angels.

Dickey (7-8) broke a four-game losing streak Tuesday, delivering his first scoreless start since April 5. He recorded 12 straight outs at one point before ceding a two-out double to Mike Trout, who was thrown out at third trying to stretch his hit into a triple. Dickey owns a 3.86 ERA and 99:47 K:BB ratio in 119 innings going into the All-Star break.


R.A. Dickey stuck with complete-game loss Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2014) Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey turned in a complete-game loss Thursday, giving up four runs (three earned) on six hits and three walks in eight innings while striking out six in his team's 4-1 defeat against the A's.

Dickey (6-8) surrendered a pair of runs in the second inning, but he held the score at 2-1 until the bottom of the eighth, when he gave up another pair of runs. He's been stuck with a loss in each of his last four outings, though Thursday's loss was the first time he hasn't surrendered a home run in a start since May 13. Dickey owns a 4.18 ERA and 94:46 K:BB ratio in 112 innings going into Tuesday's scheduled start against the Angels.