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R.A. Dickey league's only knuckleballer

New York Mets starter R.A. Dickey throws a

New York Mets starter R.A. Dickey throws a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies in the second inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader in New York. (Sept. 24, 2011) Credit: AP

With Tim Wakefield having retired over the weekend and Charlie Haeger sidelined by surgery, that leaves R.A. Dickey as the only active knuckleballer in the majors.

"I'm sad because I want him around," Dickey said of Wakefield. "I feel a little bit of loneliness."

As for the Mets' chances, Dickey has an optimistic outlook, even with Johan Santana on uncertain footing.

"I don't know if it's any more challenging than any year simply because in baseball, you see the best lineups on paper fall," Dickey said. "So it's about so many more things than what's on paper, but it's going to be difficult. If a bunch of guys take that next step all of a sudden, I think we're right in the mix."


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