Blue Jays tab R.A. Dickey as Opening Day starter

R.A. Dickey was tabbed as the Toronto Blue Jays' Opening Day starter for the second straight season on Tuesday.

Knuckleballer gets call for Toronto for 2nd straight season

Toronto Blue Jays knuckleball pitcher R.A. Dickey warms up at the Bobby Mattick Training Center in Dunedin, Fla., on Tuesday. (David Manning/Reuters)

R.A. Dickey was tabbed as the Toronto Blue Jays' Opening Day starter for the second straight season on Tuesday.

At the team's spring training complex in Dunedin, Fla., Blue Jays manager John Gibbons revealed his plans to send the veteran knuckleballer to the hill to kick off the 2014 campaign.

Dickey, the 2012 National League Cy Young Award winner, will lead the Blue Jays into an away game against the Tampa Bay Rays on March 31. 

The 39-year-old native of Nashville, Tenn., struggled in his first season in Toronto with a 14-13 record and 4.71 earned-run average, a stark contrast to his 2.73 ERA from the previous year in a New York Mets uniform.

Toronto entered 2013 with high hopes and World Series aspirations, but injuries and inconsistencies helped derail their season.

The Blue Jays ended up with a 74-88 record and finished last in the American League East.

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