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R.A. Dickey wins NL Cy Young Award

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In a lost season, R.A. Dickey was one of the Mets’ few bright spots.

Responsible for 20 of the team’s 74 wins, Dickey took home the National League’s Cy Young award, topping a tough field that included last year’s winner Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Gio Gonzalez of the Washington Nationals.

Dickey, a lightly regarded journeyman who picked up the knuckleball in an effort to prolong his evaporating career, became the first knuckleballer and third Mets player to take home the award honoring the league’s top pitcher. Doc Gooden won the award in 1985 and Tom Seaver was honored three times, 1969, 1973 and 1975.

“To have my name linked to Tom Seaver and Dwight Gooden is quite humbling,” said Dickey, the second-oldest first-time Cy Young winner.

The 38-year-old took 27 of the 32 first place votes.

David Price won the award in the American League.

The knuckleballer led the NL in innings, strikeouts, complete games and shutouts this year. He finished the season with a 20-6 record, a 2.73 ERA and 230 strikeouts.

“I’d like to thank the fans. They stood behind me every time I took the mound. I wouldn’t have won this award without them,” said Dickey, who developed a rapport with the fans over his three years with the team.

The free-spirited Met climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in the offseason to raise money for prostate cancer, and released a memoir detailing sexual abuse suffered as a child.

“R.A. is a great teammate, fierce competitor and even a better human being. No one deserves this award more than him,” Mets manager Terry Collins said.

Following his final home start, and after earning his 20th victory, Dickey spoke about the possibility of winning the award.

“What kid doesn’t grow up wanting to be the best? I’ve always wanted to be the best,” Dickey said.

The journeyman turned Cy Young winner has one year worth $5 million remaining on his contract and has expressed a desire to finish his career in Queens, though no extensions have been finalized as the team is exploring all its options, including trades.

Coming into the year, Dickey collected just 41 wins over his first nine professional seasons. Dickey, who joined the Mets in 2010, did not make the team coming out of spring training that year, instead being sent to the minors. He was recalled in May and won 19 games over the next two years with an ERA just above 3.00 before jumping another level this past season.

Dickey gives Mets fans reason to cheer one last time

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Eliminated from the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season, owners of a 9-25 home record since the All-Star break (25-44 overall) and a midweek afternoon game left little reason for Mets fans to make the trek to Citi Field for the team’s home finale.

But a funny thing happened on the way to irrelevancy — the game mattered. For the first time since 1990, a Mets pitcher was looking to secure his 20th win. Near the end of a once-promising season that slipped away, fans had a reason to pass through the turnstiles.

“It feels good to have something to cheer for again,” said John Nunez, 46, who was with his son. “We actually bought these tickets when [the Mets] still had a winning record.”

Many of the 31,506 in attendance though came to Citi Field sans ticket with the hope of seeing history — a wish that was rewarded with a 6-5 victory earning R.A. Dickey his 20th win of the season.

Five other Mets pitchers accomplished the feat a total of eight times with the last being Frank Viola in 1990, but the home fans had not witnessed the accomplishment since David Cone won his 20th at Shea Stadium in 1988.

“This is only my third game this half,” Jeff Fuller said as he waited on line outside the ticket window. “But I wanted to come see Dickey win 20.”

A multitude of the fans in attendance returned after weeks staying away from the stadium as the team fell out of the playoff race and struggled to collect any wins — or paying customers.

“It’s not a lot of fun to come to an empty stadium,” Fuller said.

While officially it was only the third highest attended game this half, more fans’ fannies likely packed the seats than any Mets game since the All-Star break and they made sure they were heard.

Everything Dickey did — single, get forced out, talk to manager Terry Collins — drew thunderous applause, a fact that was not lost on Collins.

After the seventh inning Collins told an exhausted Dickey, “This ballpark is filled with energy, use it to your advantage. These people deserve to see you walk off the mound. They came to see you.”

“This day was as much about the fans as it was for me,” Dickey said after the game. “How can you not be motivated to go out there and give the fans, your teammates and yourself all that you have.”

The fans’ spirit was able to aid Dickey in his quest, something Collins hoped the other players noticed.

“I hope our players felt the energy today, because that’s what you want to have. That’s what you want to have this ballpark filled with,” Collins said.

Fans and players will have to wait until next April to feel that energy again since Citi Field will be dark again this October, but for some the bright spot of Dickey’s 20th shone through.

“That’s why you come,” said Nick Scardelli. “In a lost season, we got to end it on our feet cheering.”

Subway Series comes to Queens

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The Mets are out for revenge against the crosstown Yankees as the Subway Series shifts to Queens.

In the series’ first leg at Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Bombers took all three matchups with the Amazins.

Jon Niese will try to extend the Mets three-game winning streak against the Yankees’ Andy Pettitte in the series opener tonight.

Saturday pits Chris Young against Ivan Nova.

R.A. Dickey takes his streak of 42.2 consecutive innings without giving up an earned run to the mound against CC Sabathia, in the nationally televised Sunday night game.

The always hotly-contested series will feature even more heat than usual. Friday is forecasted for temperatures in the mid-90s. The heat and humidity may bring thunderstorms. The National Weather Service said there is a 60 percent chance of storms.

Saturday and Sunday night’s match-ups should see temperatures in the 80s.


Queens’ Morning Roundup

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Heat Advisory In Effect For City Today

New Yorkers will be trying hard to stay cool during the next few days as a brief heat wave makes its way into the five boroughs and beyond. A heat advisory takes effect today at noon. City beaches are open, but visitors should remember to only swim when lifeguards are on duty. Read More: [NY1]

Perv teach dodges jail time

A teacher at a Queens school managed to avoid jail time for filming an illicit motel-room romp with her 16-year-old student — after pleading guilty to the rap and being sentenced to six years of probation. Long Island cops busted Tara Driscoll, 34, for sexual misconduct after the teen told his mother that she drove him to a Lynbrook motel and performed sex acts on him on camera. Read more: [New York Post]

Johan Santana leads way as Mets blank Orioles for 2nd straight night

No matter who goes first, Johan Santana and R.A. Dickey in succession has turned into a nasty combination for the New York Mets. Santana followed Dickey’s second one-hitter in a row with his best outing since he tossed a no-hitter on June 1. Jordany Valdespin added a two-run single for New York, which won by the same score Monday night in the series opener — a rematch of the 1969 World Series won by the Miracle Mets. Read More: [ESPN]

A safe haven for Forest Park turtles

Katherine Kurre was enchanted by the sight of turtles sunning themselves around the edges of Strack Pond in Forest Park. But she thought there must be a better and safer way for them to relax out of the reach of curious kids and potential poachers. Read more: [New York Daily News]

Queens’ Morning Roundup

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Graphic by Jay Lane


John Gotti grandson busted with a stash of steroids

The grandson of John (Teflon Don) Gotti was busted with a stash of steroids in Queens on Tuesday, police sources told the Daily News. A team of narcotics cops collared 18-year-old John Gotti — namesake of the notorious Gambino crime family boss — at a house near 92nd St. and 158th Ave. in Howard Beach shortly before 6 p.m., the sources said. Read more: [New York Daily News]


Georgia rapper busted at La Guardia Airport for having brass knuckles

What a knucklehead! A rapper from Georgia was busted with brass knuckles at LaGuardia Airport today, The Post has learned. Tauheed Epps, 34, who goes by the stage names 2 Chainz and Tity Boi, was stopped by TSA screeners at around 2:30 p.m. while passing through a security checkpoint in the Delta terminal, sources said. Read more: [New York Post]


NYRA Deal Aims To Revamp State’s Horse Racing Industry

Just weeks before the eyes of the horse racing world will be on the Belmont Stakes, Governor Andrew Cuomo, along with the state’s legislative leaders, announced Tuesday a deal to begin serious reform of the troubled New York Racing Association. Read more: [NY1]


R.A. Dickey K’s 11 Pirates as Lucas Duda lifts Mets

R.A. Dickey’s knuckleball is designed to baffle, not overwhelm. Against the free-swinging Pittsburg Pirates on Tuesday, it did both. His 80-mph knuckler dipping and darting all over the place, Dickey struck out a career-high 11 as the New York Mets hung on for a 3-2 victory. Dickey (6-1) tied a host of others for the most wins in the majors to continue the best start of his career. Read more: [ESPN]


Suspects Stole Blind Woman’s Wallet In Queens Before Using Her Credit Cards

Police are looking for a pair of suspects still at large in a brazen Queens theft. A 68-year-old blind woman was walking with her guide dog through the F line train station at the corner of Queens Boulevard and 75th Avenue around 6 p.m. on April 16 when one of the suspects reached into her dress pocket and took her wallet, authorities said. Read more: [1010WINS]


Off-duty police officer rear-ends car, hurts driver in Queens DWI wreck

An off-duty veteran cop was collared Tuesday for taking off after rear-ending another car in Queens while he was drunk, police said. Ankur Joshi, 35, crashed his vehicle at Steinway St. and 25th Ave. in Astoria around 5:25 a.m., just five blocks from the 114th Precinct stationhouse where he works, police sources said. Read more: [New York Daily News]