Tigers 9, Mets 2

New York Mets starter R.A. Dickey needed two stitches in his

right heel after being spiked Sunday in a 9-2 loss to a split squad

of Detroit Tigers.

Dickey was covering first base when Corey Jones stepped on him

in the third inning. Dickey stayed in the game and left after the

fourth, allowing one run and three hits.

Prince Fielder hit a long home run, his third of the spring for

the Tigers.

While most of his teammates struggled with Dickey’s knuckleball,

Fielder connected his second time up. He sent a drive deep to right

field, where it landed on the canopy of the pavilion behind the

berm and bounced into a marsh.

”Dickey has a really good knuckleball,” Fielder said. ”For

me, his knuckleball is not the normal one. It’s faster, so I try to

look at it more as a cutter because if you wait too long it cuts in

or sinks away.”

”I just try not to let it beat me too much. I definitely want

to hit it more out front,” he said.

James McCann hit a grand slam during a seven-run burst in the

sixth.

Ike Davis and Lucas Duda singled for the Mets’ only hits.