R.A. Dickey couldn't wait till opening day to make his first pitches at Toronto's Rogers Centre. So the Cy Young knuckleballer spent part of Easter Sunday getting acclimated to his new home mound.
''It was almost like an out-of-body experience,'' said Dickey, who threw to backup catcher Henry Blanco in preparation for Tuesday's start against the Cleveland Indians. ''To get to stand on the mound and kind of get comfortable with my surroundings was a real treat.''
Dickey, who won 20 games and struck out a career high 230 batters with the Mets last season, hinted that his knuckleball was already in midseason form.
''I was very encouraged, that's all I'll say,'' Dickey said before the Blue Jays held a workout Monday afternoon. ''I'm not going to make any predictions, but it felt good coming out of my hand and that's a good sign.
''It left me anticipating a very fun night.''
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