February 25, 2013
Blue Jays come up short in battle of the knuckleballs
By KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey tosses his knuckleball versus the Red Sox on Monday afternoon. The Jays lost 4-2. (Reuters)

DUNEDIN, FLA. - Just to see a knuckleball pitcher ply his trade live is one of baseball’s rareties.

But two of them? In the same game? Just about never happens.

There are only a handful of them active in the game, so what are the odds that R.A. Dickey would be facing one of the brethren in Steven Wright, each in his spring training debut?

Dickey, of course, is coming off his Cy Young season with the Mets, traded to the Blue Jays this past winter. Wright, 28, is a relative neophyte to the knuckleball club, having converted two years ago when he was with the Cleveland Indians

“I faced Tim Wakefield,” said Dickey. “A couple of times, I came on in relief when he started a game. (Today) is the first time I think I’ve started against a knuckleballer. We’re real similar in as far as the speed. I think he threw some real good ones today. If he stays on that path and continues to throw strikes with it, I think he has a bright future with it.”



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