R.A. Dickey on upcoming memoir: “I’m definitely throwing myself under the bus”

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R.A. Dickey is writing a memoir that’s scheduled to be published next year and the knuckleballer spoke to David Waldstein of the New York Times about the book, describing it as a combination of “The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls and “Ball Four” by Jim Bouton, the latter of which is my favorite book of all time (baseball or otherwise).

Dickey told Waldstein that instead of “throwing everyone under the bus” the way Bouton did in sharing what was back then the unheard of inside details of ballplayers’ lives he’ll be “throwing myself under the bus” with stories “dating way back to childhood and leading all the way up to this year.”

Dickey went from former first-round pick to minor-league veteran with a 5.43 ERA in various big-league stints, but grabbed a spot in the Mets’ rotation at age 35 and ranked seventh among NL pitchers in ERA, turning the career-year into a $7.5 million contract extension last month.

Waldstein notes that Dickey was an English literature major at the University of Tennessee and has been keeping a journal for the past five years, which he’ll add to “stories of his difficult childhood, his parents’ divorce and his mother’s battle with alcoholism, and how he had to live with friends during his later high school years.”

Video: Angels use eight pitchers in spring training no-hitter

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Who says no-hitters can’t be just as fun when they happen during spring training?

Angels’ right-hander Bud Norris delivered two perfect innings on Friday night, paving the way for an eight-pitcher no-hitter against the Mariners at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Jose Alvarez, Cam Bedrosian, Andrew Bailey, Austin Adams, Drew Gagnon and Justin Anderson each filed a hitless inning of their own, leaving right-hander Abel De Los Santos to close out the ninth inning with just three pitches — and three game-saving plays by the defense.

Of course, it didn’t hurt that the Angels were facing a bevy of Mariners’ backups, rather than their starting lineup. In fact, Seattle’s lineup featured just two starting players — outfielder Leonys Martin and shortstop Jean Segura — while the majority of their everyday position players took on the Royals in a 4-3 win elsewhere in the Cactus League. The Mariners managed to reach base twice, first on catcher interference in the fourth inning, then on a four-pitch walk in the sixth, spoiling the Angels’ chances of turning their combined no-hitter into a combined perfect game.

Still, whether it’s executed in spring training or the regular season, against an All-Star lineup or one comprised of minor leaguers, a no-hitter is a no-hitter. The team’s eight-pitcher effort marked the first spring training no-no the Angels had completed since 1996, when they took on the Giants in a 15-0 showdown. Unfortunately for the 1996 squad, their regular season ended with a 70-91 record, good for last place in the AL West. Perhaps this no-hitter will prove a better omen for the coming season.

Tanner Scheppers leaves Cactus League game with lower core injury

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Rangers’ bullpen candidate Tanner Scheppers left Friday’s Cactus League game with pain in his “lower half,” according to reports by Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. The specifics of the right-hander’s injury have yet to be determined, but he was accompanied by the athletic trainer when he exited the game and is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Saturday.

Scheppers, 30, has a long history of elbow and knee injuries. He missed all but 8 2/3 innings of the 2016 season after undergoing a procedure to repair torn articular cartilage in his left knee. While he appeared healthy enough through his first seven appearances this spring, he failed to impress with three runs, five walks and six strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings with the club.

Should Scheppers find himself on the disabled list for another lengthy stay, MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan speculates that his absence could clear some room in the bullpen for Rule 5 draft pick and fellow righty Mike Hauschild. Hauschild, 27, has dealt seven runs, five walks and 15 strikeouts through 17 1/3 innings in camp.