Knuckleball doesn't break R.A.'s way

Dickey struggles with 'violent, weird, fickle pitch' as duel with Sabathia fizzles

Updated: June 25, 2012, 8:08 AM ET
By Johnette Howard | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- R.A. Dickey didn't crash and burn on his way back to earth. Not really. It was more like he fluttered up, down and all around, same as one of his knuckleball pitches.

The New York Mets right-hander had become the talk of baseball on the way to his showdown opposite CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees on Sunday night. He was a quirky guy taking the game's quirkiest pitch to places it hadn't been before. And the pitch was doing the same for him, making him a first-time ...

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