JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — New York Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey wasn’t sure how he would react to having a spot in the rotation secured entering spring training.

He found out Wednesday in his first Grapefruit League outing.

Dickey pitched three innings in New York’s 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, allowing one run on three hits and striking out four.

The right-hander retired his first seven batters before giving up three hits in the third, including a two-out RBI double by Jon Jay.

But with two on, Dickey struck out Albert Pujols for the second time. Pujols fanned all three times he batted.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

pixy Dickey Goes 3 Innings In Mets Loss To Cardinals

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