Buck, knuck and a little bit of luck

After another one-hitter, R.A. thanks opposing skip for helping him find out pitch

Updated: June 20, 2012, 2:10 AM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- 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 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 ...

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