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2012 ASG: Dickey hurls a shutout inning for the NL

R.A. Dickey didn't receive the honor he wanted at the All-Star Game earlier this week -- starting for the National League squad -- but he'll begin his quest to secure an even bigger prize when he kicks off his second half of the season Saturday.

The 37-year-old will go for his Major League-leading 13th win in the second game of the Mets' weekend series against the Braves as he continues his candidacy for the NL Cy Young Award.

Dickey tossed a scoreless sixth inning in the Midsummer Classic on Tuesday. After surrendering a leadoff hit and a stolen base to Mike Trout, Dickey struck out Mark Trumbo, hit Paul Konerko with a pitch and induced Miguel Cabrera to hit into an inning-ending double play.

"I felt like I was on stage at a Broadway musical," Dickey said of his first career All-Star Game experience. "I don't really know how to quantify it emotionally. I'm just trying to take it in and soak it in and celebrate it with people that I'll always care about."

Despite the headline-grabbing season to date, Dickey will be looking to bounce back on Saturday from his last start before the All-Star break. The right-hander allowed five runs on 11 hits to the Phillies over seven innings.

Opposing Dickey for the Braves will be 10-game winner Tommy Hanson. In his most recent outing, also against the Phillies, the 25-year-old right-hander gave up three runs on six hits over seven innings in a 6-3 Braves victory.

"Hopefully I can finish stronger than last year and keep moving forward. My career high [win total] is 11. So hopefully I can get a lot more than that," Hanson said after the game. "I feel like my command is where I need to be. I feel really good with where I'm at right now."

Braves: McCann on paternity leave
Catcher Brian McCann wasn't in the lineup for Friday night's series opener against the Mets. Instead, he was by his wife Ashley's side as they prepared for the arrival of their first child. Their son, Colt Michael, was born Friday afternoon.

"He's on paternity leave," said manager Fredi Gonzalez. "They induced her early in the morning. They're just doing the old 'hurry up and wait.' The good thing is that he's here."

McCann is allowed up to three days for paternity leave according to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, but Gonzalez, who texted McCann on Friday morning, then "left him alone," said that he was under the impression that if all went well, his catcher would be back for Saturday afternoon's game.

With McCann on the paternity list, David Ross started behind the plate and hit seventh and finished with four RBIs in a 7-5 win. The Braves called up catcher J.C. Boscan from Triple-A Gwinnett to fill McCann's spot.

Mets: Gee undergoes surgery
Pitcher Dillon Gee underwent surgery on Friday in St. Louis to replace a portion of a damaged artery in his right shoulder.

Gee underwent a procedure to clear a blood clot earlier this past week; Friday's surgery was to prevent future clotting.

Gee had been scheduled to start Friday's series opener against the Braves. Instead, right-hander Chris Young got the start.

Left-hander Josh Edgin was called up to replace Gee.

"I'm nervous, I'm pumped, I'm happy to be here, I can't wait to throw," Edgin said. "Kind of everything jumbled in."

Edgin, who struck out the first two batters he faced, gave up a solo homer to Mets nemesis Chipper Jones in the sixth.

Worth noting
• The Braves are 47-1 when taking a lead into the seventh inning or later this season.

• The Mets' David Wright boasts an eight-game hitting streak, while teammate Jordany Valdespin saw his seven-game run come to an end Friday after pinch-hitting unsuccessfully.

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