Tigers 9, Mets 2: Dickey in stitches

R.A. Dickey

Starting Pitcher
New York Mets


R.A. Dickey was spiked in the right heel by Corey Jones while covering first base in the third inning and eventually required two stitches. But the knuckleballer maintained it was nothing serious and eventually completed his allotted four innings anyway in his final tuneup for Game 2 of the regular season, opposite Jair Jurrjens at Citi Field on Saturday.

The Mets lost to Detroit, 9-2, Sunday at Digital Domain Park.

Dickey limited the Tigers to a titanic solo homer by Prince Fielder and only two other hits while striking out three and walking none.

"I was just covering the bag, and I had my foot a little too far over the bag, reaching for the ball from [Ronny] Cedeno," Dickey said. "The guy cleated my heel. That was it. That will be a nonissue -- a superficial wound only."

Mets relievers, though, continued to be hit hard. Daniel Herrera, who will make the bullpen if Tim Byrdak is not ready for Opening Day, was charged with five runs in 1 2/3 innings. Part of that tally was the result of Jon Rauch entering and forcing in a run with the bases loaded, then surrendering a grand slam to James McCann.

Ike Davis delivered a two-run homer off Thad Weber after David Wright walked in the fourth. The lone other hit by the Mets on the afternoon belonged to Lucas Duda.