Years later, Dickey performs better for Buck

June, 18, 2012
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R.A. Dickey earned the No. 4 starter's role out of spring training in 2006 for Buck Showalter's Texas Rangers.

Really, he earned the role because of Buck Showalter.

Yet Dickey's first start of that season became his last for the Rangers. Dickey, by then a full-time knuckleballer at Showalter and pitching coach Orel Hershiser's urging, allowed six homers in 3 1/3 innings against the Detroit Tigers. He spent the rest of the season at Triple-A Oklahoma.

He then departed as a minor league free agent.

Six years later, Showalter watched Dickey perform live from a dugout for the first time since that outing. All Dickey did was become the first NL pitcher in 68 years to toss a second straight one-hit complete game. Dickey also claimed the league lead, or at least a share of the lead, in wins (11), ERA (2.00) and strikeouts (103) pending the outcome of Matt Cain's outing with the San Francisco Giants.

"It was fairly poetic, I thought," Dickey said after the Mets beat Showalter's Baltimore Orioles, 5-0, Monday at Citi Field.

Read the full column here.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
11 3.85 125 161
OTHER LEADERS
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HRL. Duda 23
RBIL. Duda 69
RD. Murphy 70
OPSL. Duda .841
ERAZ. Wheeler 3.48
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