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Dickey talks about his back-to-back one-hitters

In the midst of a season-high five-game losing streak, the Dodgers will have another tough hurdle to cross on Friday against the Mets at Dodger Stadium.

That's because knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (11-1, 2.31 ERA) will be on the hill for New York trying for his first career win against Los Angeles and looking to become the first in the Majors to 12 wins, which would also be his career high.

The right-hander fell into some trouble in his previous start against the Yankees, allowing five runs on five hits in six innings for the no-decision.

"I've been throwing a good knuckleball," Dickey said after the start. "I gave up five hits. I don't feel like I got beat around the park. I gave up one great swing. I didn't have a great knuckleball tonight, but I fought my butt off as hard as I could."

The outing snapped his streak of five consecutive starts without allowing an earned run. He hadn't allowed an earned run since May 22, a span of 44 2/3 innings.

Even with such staggering numbers, Dodgers right-hander Aaron Harang should be up for the challenge.

Harang has tossed nine quality starts on the year, including four just in the month of June. He took a no-decision on Sunday against the Angels, surrendering three runs on eight hits.

It was a nice turnaround for Harang, who tossed just 3 2/3 innings against Oakland, in which he walked eight and took the loss.

"There were still times I felt a little off," Harang said, "but I was able to keep the ball down in the zone and execute pitches."

Mets: Bay making progress
• Outfielder Jason Bay has been riding a stationary bike in New York and is on track to begin baseball activities this coming weekend.

Bay has been on the disabled list since June 16 with a concussion.

• Mets top prospect Zack Wheeler, who will participate in the Futures Game in Kansas City next month, was named to the Eastern League All-Star Game. Wheeler is 7-3 with a 2.29 ERA in 13 starts for Double-A Binghamton this season.

Dodgers: Cuban Puig reportedly signs
• According to an industry source, the Dodgers have agreed to a seven-year deal worth $42 million with 21-year-old international prospect Yasiel Puig, an outfielder from Cuba.

Puig was declared a free agent on Wednesday after establishing temporary residency in Mexico and being cleared by the U..S. Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control.

A top prospect in Cuba's premier league, the Cuban National Series (Serie Nacional), Puig hit .276 with five home runs during his first season with Cienfuegos in 2008-09 and had a breakout year the next season, hitting .330 with 17 home runs and 78 RBIs. He did not play for Cienfuegos during the 2011-12 seasons because he was being disciplined for attempting to defect.

Worth noting
• Aaron Harang is 3-3 with 6.05 ERA in eight career starts against the Mets. He went 1-0 with a 5.91 ERA in two starts against the club last season.

• Los Angeles reliever Scott Elbert has tossed scoreless relief in 13 of his last 15 appearances.

• Mets third baseman David Wright is one of six National League players with 45 or more runs scored and 45 or more RBIs this year. The other five are: Carlos Beltran, Matt Holliday, Ryan Braun, Joey Votto and Carlos Gonzalez. Comments