R.A. Dickey and his knuckler making Mets history at age 35

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R.A. Dickey went 1-1 with a 4.62 ERA in 64 innings as a long reliever and mop-up man for Minnesota last season, giving the 35-year-old knuckleballer a 5.22 ERA in 481 career innings.
Let go by the Twins after previously being cut loose by the Rangers and Mariners, he signed a minor-league contract with the Mets in December and began the season in the rotation at Triple-A.
After eight impressive starts at Buffalo the Mets called Dickey up in the middle of last month, threw him into the injury wrecked rotation … and now he’s 5-0 with a 2.82 ERA.
Going into the season Dickey had a 14-22 record and 6.30 ERA in 48 career starts, so in what is the leader in the clubhouse for understatement of the year manager Jerry Manuel admitted: “We definitely didn’t anticipate this coming out of spring training.” Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com notes that Dickey is the first pitcher in Mets history to be unbeaten with at least five wins through his first six starts with the team.

Watch: Javier Baez snares a 106-MPH ground ball

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What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object? Just ask Javier Baez, who tracked down a sizzling 106-MPH ground ball from Jose Bautista on Friday afternoon. The defensive gem helped preserve the Cubs’ three-run lead in the top of the ninth inning, paving the way for Wade Davis‘ 25th save of the season.

Baez also impressed at the plate, collecting an RBI single in the second inning before getting tagged out at home by Miguel Montero on a convoluted 9-6-3-6-2 putout. He returned in the eighth inning to pester Tim Mayza and cleared the left field hedge with a 409-foot, two-run blast for his 20th home run of the year. With the win, the Cubs improved to 64-57 and now hold a scant 1.5-game lead over the Brewers in the NL Central.

Dodgers activate Adrian Gonzalez

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The Dodgers have reinstated first baseman Adrian Gonzalez from the 60-day disabled list after his recovery from a herniated disc. To make room for him they have optioned Rob Segedin to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Gonzalez last played on June 11. Since then the Dodgers have gone an astounding 46-9, with shoe-in rookie of the year candidate Cody Bellinger handling first base duties and posting a .978 OPS. When Gonzalez went down he was hitting .255/.304/.339 and only one homer in 49 games.

It’ll be interesting to see what kind of playing time he gets going forward. The Dodgers, of course, have a comfortable lead in the NL West, so they could afford to allow Gonzalez to play a good bit to see if his bat sharpens up while simultaneously giving Bellinger, who has never played more than 137 games in a season, a bit of a breather. Beyond that, though, the Dodgers ain’t broke, so it’s hard to see why anyone would want to tinker with things.