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CHICAGO —Reliever Jesse Crain has been activated from the 15-day disabled list
by the Chicago White Sox, who designated left-hander Eric Stults for assignment.
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to April 21. He has struck out 10 in seven innings of relief this year, allowing
two runs in 10 appearances. The 32-year-old Stults made one start and one relief
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Phoenix Coyotes say forward Brett MacLean is improving after being taken to
hospital for a cardiac emergency last week.NEW YORK —R.A. Dickey was so close
yet so far from 20 wins, faltering from fatigue and fuming he had failed to
seize the moment. “About the fourth or fifth inning I felt exasperated. I was
not myself today for the most part,” he said. “And then Id come out for an
at-bat and I would hear this kind of growing surge, and it really was neat. I
mean I dont know if Ive ever experienced something like that before. Maybe I
never will again. Although I wasnt distracted from the moment, how could you not
be motivated to go out there and give the fans and, well, your teammates and
yourself all that you have?” he said. Absorbing the energy from 31,506 fans at
the final home game of another sorry Mets season, Dickey summoned his strength
and concentration. David Wright boosted him into the lead with a tiebreaking
three-run homer, and Dickey led New York over Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 Thursday to
become the first knuckleballer in more than three decades to win 20 games. “Its
like a big exhale,” Dickey said. Throwing his hard knuckler at up to 78 mph,
Dickey (20-6) allowed three runs and eight hits in 7 2-3 innings, tying his
career high with 13 strikeouts and walking two. With New York winding up its
fourth straight losing season, he capped a trinity of highlights that began with
the first Mets no-hitter by Johan Santana in June and continued with Wright
setting the team career hits record on Wednesday. “This was about R.A. today,”
Mets manager Terry Collins said. “It was about him. It was about his connection
with the fans, the connection with the city. And so I said use that.” Quite a
turnaround from 2010, when Dickey began the season at Triple-A Buffalo and had
to prove he belonged in the majors. And from last year, when he was 8-13. The
37-year-old had never won more than 11 games in any previous season is just
61-56 in his big league career. “I was the picture of mediocrity by my own
admission,” he said. But in the late stages of his career, he has mastered the
knuckler—a pitch that has flummoxed most of those who have tried and must
survive on fastballs. “I think everybody here today would have taken one swing
where they thought they were going to crush one and they swung right throw it,”
Pirates outfielder Travis Snider said. Dickey had never set a numerical goal for
his pitching. “Its just much more for me if I can really harness the moment and
suck the marrow out of every second, then Ive done what I want to do and I can
be satisfied,” he said. Dickey became the first 20-game winner for the
pitching-proud Mets since Frank Viola in 1990 and the first knuckleballer to
accomplish the feat since Houstons Joe Niekro in 1980, according to STATS LLC.
Viola also reached 20 with a win over the Pirates. New York had altered its
rotation, giving Dickey a chance to win 20 at home. The fans gave Dickey his
first ovation when he walked to the bullpen to warm up. He waved his cap as they
applauded when he walked off after his 128th and final pitch—his most in
eight years—and got a final round of applause when he returned to the field
for a postgame interview that was broadcast over the stadium sound system.
“Growing up, you just want to compete. And once you have the weaponry to
compete, you want to be really good,” he said. “And then when youre really good,
you want to be supernaturally good. And I think for me theres been this steady
kind of metamorphosis from just surviving to being a craftsman. Ultimately the
hope is to be an artist with what you do.” The milestone following two
life-changing events. He authored a book last spring, “Wherever I Wind Up,”
revealing he was a sexual abuse victim when he was 8. And he climbed Mount
Kilimanjaro to raise awareness for the Bombay Teen Challenge. “When you get to a
comfort level about who you are and you dont have secrets and you feel the
freedom to be who you feel like youre called to be, thats something,” Dickey
said. “Is this the result of thee cathartic experience of writing the book, I
dont know. Whitney Mercilus Jersey. Im going to say
this, it certainly hasnt hurt. And to be comfortable in your own skin, which I
was not for so long in my life, theres something to that.” His memorable year
began with a climb to the 19,341-foot Uhuru Peak of Mount Kilimanjaro in
Tanzania. “He was taking his career and putting it in jeopardy, putting it in
harms way,” Collins said. “You dont know whats going to happen. But it wasnt
about him. It has never been about him.” Dickey joined Washingtons Gio Gonzalez
as the top winners in the majors—until Gonzalez beat the Phillies to improve
his record to 21-8. They figure to duel for the NL Cy Young Award. Dickey fell
behind 2-0 and 3-1 and overcame an outstanding, climbing catch by Snider more
than 2 feet above the right-field wall that robbed Mike Baxter of a tying home
run in the second inning. Former Texas teammate Rod Barajas hit an
opposite-field RBI double that hopped the right-field wall in the second, and
Jordy Mercer following with a run-scoring infield single. Ike Davis led off the
bottom half with his 31st homer, but Barajas boosted the lead to 3-1 when he
homered on an 0-2 pitch in the fourth, a drive over the old 16-foot wall in
left. Kevin Correia (11-11) gave up Scott Hairstons RBI single in the fourth and
Murphys tying single in the fifth before Wright hit an opposite-field drive to
right for his 21st home run this season and a 6-3 lead. Dickey was watching on
TV in the clubhouse at the time. “There were times he picked us up and really
carried us as a team on his back,” said Wright, happy to provide the hit that
made the difference. Dickey said after the seventh inning he was “pooped,” but
Collins sent him out for the eighth. “I said, look, this ballpark is filled with
energy today. Use it to your advantage,” the manager recalled. “These people
deserve to see you walk off the mound.” Responded Dickey: “Dont leave me
hanging.” Jon Rauch, pitching on his 34th birthday, came in after a two-out
walk, finished the eighth and allowed Alex Presleys two-run homer in the nervy
ninth. Bobby Parnell retired Josh Harrison on a groundout and Jose Tabata on a
flyout for his fifth save. Dickey came back on the field for handshakes and
soaked in the fans love. “I feel it in my face. I dont know if that makes any
sense,” Dickey said. “I want to get emotional. Its hard because weve had the
type of season that weve had.” His family stayed back in Nashville, Tenn. —the
kids are in school—but planned to meet him in Atlanta on Thursday night for
the start of the Mets final trip. He had some close friends at the game. Through
all the tough times, Dickey pictured this type of success in his mind. “I never
abandoned hope. I always held that out,” he said. “My hope always outweighed my
doubt, and thats what kind of kept me going.” NOTES: Pittsburgh, which led the
NL Central at the All-Star break, lost for the 20th time in 26 games and dropped
to 76-80. ... Snider gave the Pirates a memory with one of the best defensive
plays of the season. He dug his cleats into the chain-link fence, hooked his
left arm on top of the wall in front of the Mos Zone seats, hoisted himself up
and grabbed Baxters drive in the webbing of the glove on his right hand well
about the 8-foot wall. ... Andrew McCutchen bruised his left knee on a failed
attempt at a diving catch on a soft fly to centre in the seventh inning. He went
0 for 4, dropping to .332 and giving up the NL batting lead to San Franciscos
Buster Posey, who went 2 for 4 and is hitting .333. ... The Mets drew 2,242,803
to Citi Field this year, down from 3.15 million in 2009, 2.56 million in 2010
and 2.35 million last year. This is the teams lowest home attendance since 2.19
million at Shea Stadium in 2003. ... Mets broadcaster Keith Hernandez shaved off
his moustache before the game in a charity fundraiser. ’ ’ ’ 

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