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Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey leaves batters scratching heads at spring training

Pitcher R.A. Dickey (left) shakes hands with Toronto Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos before a news conference in Toronto on Jan. 8, 2013 as the Jays introduce the newest addition to their roster. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Spring training has just started and already R.A. Dickey is bedfuddling batters.

The Jays knuckleballer had a clear edge as his teammates faced live pitching for the first time in the spring.

Toronto manager John Gibbons, while saying live batting practice doesn’t mean much, acknowledged that Dickey’s knuckleball looked nasty.

And the sighs, laughs and sounds around the batting cage served notice that Dickey’s ball was moving on a chilly, windy day.