MLB upholds Dickey one-hitter
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Torre, Major League Baseball's executive vice president of operations, ruled Friday that B.J. Upton's first-inning single was correctly scored a hit and not an error on David Wright, who tried and failed to make a barehanded play.
That was the only hit off Dickey in a 9-1 win over the Rays Wednesday night. After the game, the Mets decided to appeal the official scorer's ruling. If Torre had decided in their favor, Dickey would have been credited with the franchise's second no-hitter this month.
"It was nice that the Mets wanted to do it," Dickey said. "It was never my idea in the first place. In truth, I'm fairly relieved that it ended up the way that it did . . . It would have an asterisk by it that would be bigger than the no-hitter itself."
The Mets probably were unaware that the decision to appeal would get national attention, given that they never expected it to succeed. It was a bit awkward that the team was asking MLB to give an error to Wright, one of its own players.
"We didn't win," manager Terry Collins said. "We didn't expect to win it. We gave it a try. If we had won it, we would have had another no-hitter and we wouldn't have to wait another 50 years."
Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter in the Mets' 51-year history on June 1.
Torre declined to comment through an MLB spokesman. Torre said Thursday that he was going to look at different TV angles of the play and consult with others, including former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa.
A Mets official said the team has appealed four decisions by official scorers this season. They are 0-for-4.