R.A. cracks nail, is hammered by Nats

Knuckleballer lasts five innings after rousing pregame applause at Mets' home opener

Updated: April 9, 2011, 10:27 AM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- R.A. Dickey successfully pitches without the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Yet a cracked fingernail undermined his outing Friday, giving a sour end to a day in which the knuckleballer received the loudest applause from the Citi Field faithful during introductions before the home opener.

Dickey matched a career high by walking five batters and lasted only five innings in what became a 6-2 loss to the Washington Nationals. He was charged with three runs, ...

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