If not Dickey, then Fried would start Braves’ finale

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If not Dickey, then Fried would start Braves’ finale

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R.A. Dickey throws a knuckleball in the first inning Tuesday against the Mets, in what could be the final start of his career unless he decides to pitch Sunday against the Marlins. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

NEW YORK – The Braves haven’t decided who’ll start Sunday’s season finale against the Marlins at Miami, but if R.A. Dickey wants the assignment then it’s his.

Dickey took a two-hit shutout to the seventh inning Tuesday against the Mets before giving up two runs and exiting with two outs in the inning. He got no decision in what could be the last start of his career unless he pitches Sunday.

The Braves hold an $8 million option on his contract for 2018, but the 42-year-old knuckleballer hasn’t decided if he’ll pitch again, and the Braves haven’t announced whether they will pick up the option if he does.

Rookie Max Fried, who pitched the second game of Monday’s doubleheader against the Mets, is another option to start Sunday’s final game of the season.

“Probably, yeah, that’s who it’d be down to,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “I’m going to visit with (Dickey) and see. If he wants to make it, it’s his, obviously. If not, we’ve got Max.”

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