Decision on Dickey's no-hitter expected Friday

Pitcher R.A. Dickey #43, catcher Mike Nickeas #4

Pitcher R.A. Dickey #43, catcher Mike Nickeas #4 and infielder David Wright #5 of the New York Mets celebrate victory over the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (June 13, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Despite the almost zero chance of R.A. Dickey being awarded a no-hitter on the Mets' appeal of the official scorer's decision on B.J. Upton's first-inning infield hit Wednesday night, imagine that Major League Baseball does rule in his favor.

Then what?

"It would be weird," Dickey said Thursdaymorning. "I don't know if it would be quite as satisfying. I think the asterisk beside the no-hitter would get more attention than the no-hitter, you know?

"Plus, you're not pitching the eighth, ninth inning with the pressure of a no-hitter going. It would be a little bit cheap. But for the integrity of the game, I think it's worthy of a review, just to make sure."

Joe Torre, MLB's executive vice president of baseball operations, is handling that review and said he expects the decision to come down Friday.

On a conference call Thursday to talk about his appointment as Team USA manager, Torre said he would consult with "several other people," including Tony La Russa, who works for MLB and will manage the NL All-Stars next month.

"Even though I've made these decisions on official scoring on a daily basis, obviously what's at stake here, I just want to make sure we give the decision every opportunity to get more than my opinion," Torre said. "I have an opinion of what I've seen, and again, I'd like to see more. I've had limited angles on this thing."

On the play, David Wright tried to barehand Upton's high chop off the lip of the artificial turf, but it glanced off his palm. Little did anyone realize that would be the lone hit in Dickey's 12-strikeout masterpiece.

Afterward, Terry Collins huddled with Sandy Alderson and they came to a consensus that it was worth appealing. Dickey said he did not ask them to do it.

So what does Collins figure the chances are? Maybe 5 percent?

"Less," the manager said.

So why do it? "This is a special moment for R.A. Dickey, so we'll give it a shot," Collins said. "If we don't get it, we don't get it. It's not a reflection on David. In my book, he's as good a third baseman in this game."

Wright, a two-time Gold Glove winner, was put in a tough position by the appeal and appeared uncomfortable when asked about it.

"I guess that's not an ideal situation," Wright said. "That's their decision. It's a little awkward when the team wants an error on its own player. Usually you're trying to appeal to do the reversal of that. It would be a lot more difficult for me if I thought there was something else I could do. But I did everything I possibly could."

As for Dickey, he didn't know how he should feel about the whole thing. He threw two no-hitters in high school -- one a perfect game -- but has none as a professional.

"Part of me would love a no-hitter, regardless of how you get it," Dickey said. "It's still a no-hitter. And then a part of me thinks it would be cheap. So which part wins out? Ask me [Friday]. I don't know."

With Cody Derespina

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