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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Mets R.A. Dickey's One Hitter Reviewed, Case Closed - Appeal Denied

Pitcher R.A. Dickey made it clear from the start that he wanted no part of it. If he was to get a no-hitter, he wanted it to be controversy-free. He wanted it to be clean.

Dickey, the knuckleball-throwing ace, got his wish Friday when Major League Baseball denied the Mets’ appeal on the ruling of the Rays’ B.J. Upton’s first-inning single in Wednesday’s game that turned out to be the only hit against Dickey. The club felt third baseman David Wright committed an error on the play when he tried to bare-hand the ball.

The decision was handed down by Joe Torre, the retired Yankees manager, who serves as MLB’s executive vice president of baseball operations.

Mets manager Terry Collins always felt the appeal was a long shot, saying “It (the decision) was expected. Once again, we took a shot.”

Dickey said he’s glad the episode is over and is happy with the ruling because the no-hitter would’ve been tainted.

“It was nice that the Mets wanted to do it,” said Dickey, who is 10-1 with a 2.20 ERA.

“It was never my idea in the first place. In truth, I’m fairly relieved that it ended up the way that it did. I didn’t want an asterisk by it. It would be bigger than the no-hitter itself.”

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