R.A. Dickey tosses 8.1 shutout innings in win over Cardinals

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R.A. Dickey came out of nowhere to begin his Mets career 6-0 and then lost four straight decisions, but he hardly pitched poorly during the losing streak with a 2.82 ERA in 38.1 innings and got back in the win column this afternoon by shutting out the Cardinals for 8.1 frames.
Dickey now has a 2.32 ERA in 93 innings, which is remarkable for a 35-year-old journeyman who came into the season with a 5.43 ERA in 443 career innings and previously hadn’t even been all that impressive at Triple-A.
Now he’s 3-4 more starts from possibly qualifying for the ERA title and based on his current mark would rank fourth in the league behind only Josh Johnson (1.72), Roy Halladay (2.21), and Adam Wainwright (2.23).

Video: Jake Arrieta hits a 465-foot home run off of Zack Greinke

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Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.

The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.

Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.

Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.

Luis Valbuena to miss four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring

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Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.

Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.