Arencibia knows Dickey and his knuckler


DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) -- When Toronto's J.P. Arencibia crouches behind the plate for right-hander R.A. Dickey's first spring training pitch, the knuckleball won't be strange to him.

Arencibia has never caught one in a game, but he's quite familiar with Dickey. That's because Arencibia and Dickey live in Nashville and the pair worked together this winter.

After Dickey went 20-6 last year for the Mets, became the first knuckleballer to win a Cy Young Award and then was traded in December when New York couldn't sign him to a new contract for beyond 2013 at a price the team liked. As part of the trade, Toronto signed him to a $30 million, three-year deal.