Dickey: Start in home opener a privilege

The knuckleballer, who bonded with fans late last season, gets call for Citi Field opener

Updated: April 7, 2011, 7:19 PM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

PHILADELPHIA -- The motivation behind skipping fifth starter Chris Capuano until the season's eighth game had nothing to do with maximizing the number of starts for the New York Mets' top four members of the rotation, pitching coach Dan Warthen said.

Nor, Warthen added, was it motivated by getting Mike Pelfrey off the track of facing other teams' No. 1 starters, such as would have been the case with Pelfrey facing Philadelphia Phillies ace Roy Halladay on Thursday had there been a straight ...

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