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NYM@CIN: Dickey fans nine in six innings of work

Though the Mets officially made the move to a six-man rotation on Sunday, Monday's starter R.A. Dickey will remain on a regular schedule as the rest of New York's starters will slot around him.


In addition to being a knuckleballer -- his arm rarely requires extra time off -- Dickey is a serious contender for some prestigious late-season accolades, including the Cy Young Award. And at 15-4, he needs just five wins to reach the 20-win mark for the first time in his career.

Dickey struck out nine Reds on Wednesday in Cincinnati, but gave up five runs on 10 hits -- including three home runs -- over six innings.

But Colorado shouldn't expect a repeat.

"The guy's got 15 wins, an ERA under three and he's a great pitcher," said Cincinnati's Todd Frazier, who hit a 474-foot bomb off Dickey on Wednesday. "His ball moves and he just does the little things to get guys out, and he leads the league in strikeouts. What more can you say about that? We did our job today -- that was it."

Alex White will get the nod for the Rockies. White struggled with command issues on Thursday against the Marlins and exited after just four innings and 74 pitches. It marked White's third consecutive start of just four innings.

"I just threw a lot of balls -- I think I threw 36 balls, 38 strikes, and that can't happen," White said after Thursday's start -- Colorado went on to win, 5-3. "With 75 pitches, I'm not going to get deep in the game doing that. That just kind of comes with corralling that two-seamer and getting it in the strike zone and not getting behind the hitters like I did."

Mets: Instant replay system to be tested at Citi Field
Major League baseball owners approved a trial of two advanced instant-replay systems to be used in games at Citi Field and Yankee Stadium this week.

Two different systems -- one using radar and the other using cameras -- will be implemented to judge balls down each foul line.

"For years and years and years, the answer was, 'No.' I wasn't in favor of it," Mets manager Terry Collins said about the implementation of instant replay in baseball. "I thought that this was a game played by human beings who make mistakes. But now, the technology is so good, it can happen so fast, you might as well use it. Get the calls right, because with what's happening now, we're seeing tough calls that can change the course of a pennant race."

Rockies: Cuddyer returns to DL
Michael Cuddyer is back on the disabled list.

The Rockies announced on Sunday that Cuddyer was headed to the DL after aggravating his strained right oblique. He returned to the Colorado lineup just three games ago -- he was also placed on the DL with the same injury on Aug. 4 -- and went 2-for-8 with a home run and two RBIs in those three games.

The Rockies recalled outfielder Andrew Brown from Triple-A Colorado Springs to take Cuddyer's place on the active roster.

In his first year with the Rockies, Cuddyer is hitting .260 with 16 homers and 58 RBIs in 101 games. Comments