J.P. Arencibia can't handle R.A. Dickey's knuckleball as Blue Jays fall to Indians in opener

Blue Jays starting pitcher R.A. Dickey and catcher J.P. Arencibia have a talk on the mound during...

Blue Jays starting pitcher R.A. Dickey and catcher J.P. Arencibia have a talk on the mound during the home opener against the Indians in Toronto, April 2, 2013. (CRAIG ROBERTSON/QMI Agency)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:42 PM ET

TORONTO - There are times when you can have too much of a good thing.

Exhibit A is R.A. Dickey's knuckleball in Tuesday's curtainraiser.

When the Toronto Blue Jays right-hander's first pitch of the game sailed by J.P. Arencibia to the backstop it was a sign that perhaps it was going to be a long night for both pitcher and catcher. It was.

Dickey's knuckleball was on the move in the opener against the Cleveland Indians, often to excess.

On three occasions Arencibia was charged with a passed ball, two in Cleveland's two-run second while another bouncer was charged as a wild pitch.

Various other Dickey offerings sailed by Arencibia but one that didn't was a ball that didn't move at all -- not until it was struck solidly by Asdrubal Cabrera in the fifth inning and resulted in a two-run homer to left field.


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