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7 июля 2016 г. 07:41

He allowed three runs and five hits in five-plus inning

TORONTO -- Last month, the Toronto Blue Jays had a 72-hour window to work out a new deal with R. Nike Air Max 2015 Sale .A. Dickey to close out a trade with the New York Mets for the veteran right-hander. General manager Alex Anthopoulos pitched his vision of what the Blue Jays would be now and in the future. Dickey immediately liked what he heard. "I was all in right then," Dickey said. "I think this can be a special few years for this city, for the country and all the players here." Dickey agreed to a two-year contract extension worth US$25 million with a club option for 2016. He will be an anchor in a much-improved starting rotation that will likely include Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle and incumbents Brandon Morrow and Ricky Romero. Dickey was all smiles Tuesday afternoon as he was formally introduced by the team at a packed news conference at Rogers Centre. For the next 40 minutes, he eloquently weighed in on the peaks and valleys of the journey that brought him to this point. The 38-year-old knuckleballer touched on highs like winning the 2012 National League Cy Young Award. He also discussed the challenge of baring his soul in an autobiography where he divulged he was twice the victim of sexual abuse while growing up. With Dickey, there are no cliches, no bling and no attitude. The friendly Nashville native sat attentively at the dais with his fingers intertwined, offering informative and thoughtful answers to a range of questions. "For the longest time I kind of fought who I was and Im thankful that Ive been able to live through that into a period where I enjoy embracing who I feel like I am," Dickey said. "Thats taken a lot of encouragement and a lot of hard work. "What you see is what you get. The hope is that none of it is ever manufactured." Dickey broke into the majors with the Texas Rangers in 2001 and bounced between triple-A and the major leagues for years. He settled in with the Mets in 2010 and posted impressive numbers over three straight seasons, capped by his 20-6 effort last year to go with a sparkling 2.73 earned-run average. It took him years to make the conversion from regular pitcher to full-time knuckleballer. Dickey recalled throwing his first "really good knuckleball" in the big leagues in 2005 with the Rangers against Raul Ibanez. "It didnt rotate a smidgen and he swung, his helmet fell off and he went down to his back knee and I remember thinking, This is kind of fun you know," Dickey said with a smile. "Of course the next pitch I think was hit over the fence. "But the point being that was the first kind of glimpse." He developed true consistency with the slow-moving, fluttering pitch in late 2009 and it became a true weapon for him with the Mets in 2010. Dickeys eyes lit up when he talked about using different speeds and making slight changes to his knuckleball in the future. "Thats whats so fun about the pitch, is that I still have more to learn," he said. "Im still hungry and passionate about my craft." Dickey originally hoped to sign a contract extension with New York but the two sides could not reach an agreement. After the trade, he thanked the Mets and their fans in a letter published in the New York Daily News. Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas also joined the Blue Jays in the deal with John Buck, Wuilmer Becerra and highly-touted prospects Travis dArnaud and Noah Syndergaard going to the Mets. It was a price Anthopoulos was willing to pay. "Guys like this dont come around very often," he said. Toronto hasnt made the playoffs in almost two decades. The Blue Jays are coming off a 73-89 season but Anthopoulos has dramatically reshaped the roster this off-season. Dickey said it will be fun to call himself a Canadian for six months of the year and is looking forward to playing on a team that will be expected to contend in the American League East. He has made a few visits to Rogers Centre over his career and said he would often think about the stadiums history when he entered the park, including Joe Carters memorable World Series-winning home run in 1993. "It was always a place that offered good pedigree and it had a legacy," he said. "I think one of the hopes is that were going to get back to that place." Nike Air Max 2016 Goedkoop . Dunigan will be joined in the Hall this year by a number of former NFL players including Dan Reeves and Eddie Murray. Previous inductees to the Hall include "Mean" Joe Greene, Greg Landry and Marv Levy. Nike Air Max 2016 Flyknit .S. Open. The fourth-seeded Russians rallied after losing the first set to beat Hingis and Flavia Pennetta 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 on Saturday night.SAN DIEGO - Yangervis Solarte hit a go-ahead, two-run home run in the seventh inning and the San Diego Padres beat the last-place Colorado Rockies 4-3 Monday night for their ninth win in 12 games. Solartes third shot with the Padres, and ninth overall this season, came an inning after Colorados Corey Dickerson hit a three-run homer to give the Rockies a 3-1 lead. Yonder Alonso hit a solo homer in the fourth for the Padres, who improved to 14-8 since the All-Star break. Solarte homered to left with one out in the seventh on a 1-0 pitch from Boone Logan (2-3), who came on to start the inning. Pinch-hitter Abraham Almonte hit a leadoff double and was sacrificed by Will Venable ahead of Solartes shot. Nick Vincent (1-2) pitched two perfect innings for the win. Dickerson hit a high, arching shot to right on a 2-1 curveball into the seats in right to chase rookie Jesse Hahn in the sixth. Justin Morneau and Nolan Arenado were aboard on singles. It was Dickersons 15th. He hit a tie-breaking homer in an extra-inning win at Arizona on Sunday. Hahn failed to get out of the sixth for the second straight start. He allowed three runs and five hits in five-plus innings, struck out three and walked three. Rockies starter Jordan Lyles allowed two hits and four runs in 5 1-3 innings, struck out four and walked three. Nick Vincent (1-2) pitched two perfect inninggs for the win and Joaquin Benoit struck out the side in the ninth for his sixth save in seven chances. Air Max Tailwind 8. Three Padres relievers combined to strike out nine of the final 12 batters, including the last seven. Alonso homered on a 1-0 pitch from Lyles with one out in the fourth, his seventh. The Padres had a chance to add another run but Jedd Gyorko was thrown out trying to score from first on a double to centre by Yasmani Grandal. The Padres loaded the bases with one out in the sixth but scored only one run, on a sacrifice fly by Rymer Liriano. Liriano was making his big league debut after being promoted earlier in the day from Triple-A El Paso. Liriano started in right field and went 0 for 2 with the sac fly and was hit by a pitch. TRAINERS ROOM Padres: RHP Andrew Cashner, whos been on the disabled list since June 21 with a sore right shoulder, is scheduled to make rehab starts for Triple-A El Paso on Wednesday and Monday. Manager Bud Black said Cashner needs to build up his pitch count after throwing 24 pitches in a rehab start UP NEXT Rockies: Rookie Yohan Flande (0-4, 5.77 ERA) is still looking for his first victory. Tuesday night will be his seventh start and eighth appearance. Padres: RHP Odrisamer Despaigne (2-3, 3.10) looks to win consecutive starts for the first time since June 23 and 29, which were his first two big league starts. Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys ' ' '

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