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Duke worked his first shutout and complete game Tuesday, limiting the Chicago Cubs to five hits and a walk in an 8-0 win. The Pittsburgh left-hander now has a 10-4 career record, with four of those wins against the Cubs. He is 2-2 with a 3.46 ERA in six starts this season.
The Pittsburgh Pirates activated Duke on Friday, in time to start the first game of a doubleheader against Cincinnati late in the afternoon. The rookie lefthander has been out since August 23 with a sprained left ankle.
Although Duke continues to experience tenderness in his sprained left ankle, the Pittsburgh Pirates have tentatively targeted Friday for the rookie's return to the rotation. If he is ready on Friday, he would face the Cincinnati Reds in Pittsburgh.
Although Duke reported little problem with his injured ankle during a 60-pitch bullpen session on Friday, the team's pitching coach rejected the idea that Duke would return to the rotation on Tuesday, saying no timetable has been established.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are tentatively targeting Tuesday for Duke's return from an ankle sprain. The rookie lefthander, who hasn't pitched since August 23, would face St. Louis and Cy Young candidate Chris Carpenter if he's ready to go on Tuesday. In 10 starts for the Pirates this season, Duke is 6-0 with a 1.81 ERA.
The Pittsburgh Pirates were looking to start Duke during their weekend series in Cincinnati, but the rookie lefthander suffered a setback with his sprained left ankle during fielding practice on Wednesday. Duke may miss another week.
Posting a 3-0, 2.83 record before landing on the disabled list was good enough for Duke to reap National League Rookie of the Month honors for the second consecutive month. In 10 major league starts, Duke is 6-0 with a 1.81 ERA.
On Saturday the Pirates placed rookie sensation Zach Duke on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left ankle. Duke injured the ankle sliding back into second base on Tuesday versus the Cardinals. Duke was a leading candidate for the National League Rookie of the Year award, as he was 6-0 with a 1.81 ERA in 10 starts.
The sprained left ankle Duke suffered while running the bases in Tuesday's meeting with the St. Louis Cardinals is not considered serious, but the Pirates likely will skip his next turn in the rotation as a precautionary measure. The rookie lefthander was sporting a protective boot on his foot after the game. In 10 starts with Pittsburgh this season, Duke is a perfect 6-0 with a 1.81 ERA and 1.17 WHIP.
While on the basepaths on Friday night, Pirates starting pitcher Zach Duke injured his left ankle. Duke was on second base when Nate McLouth hit a line drive that tipped off the glove of Cardinals shortstop David Eckstein. Thinking the ball would be caught, Duke slid back into second and jammed his ankle on the base. Duke limped off the field mid-play, and was tagged out.
After allowing four runs in each of his previous two outings, Duke got back in a groove in Thursday's meeting with the New York, baffling the Mets' batters and limiting them to just two hits over seven shutout innings. The 22-year-old lefthander, who struck out five and walked one, has yet to lose a game in the major leagues, going a perfect 6-0 with a 1.87 ERA in nine starts since being recalled last month.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are giving Duke extra days of rest between starts, as the 22-year-old lefthander has surpassed his single-season high for innings in 2005. After going 12-3 (2.92 ERA) over 108 innings for Triple-A Nashville, Duke is 5-0 (2.13 ERA) in 50.2 innings of work for the Pirates. His next outing will push him beyond 160 innings.
Duke, who burst upon the National League scene like a supernova, was named the league's Rookie of the Month for July. In six starts for the Pirates since his arrival July 2, he has posted a 4-0 record with a dazzling 0.92 ERA, allowing just five runs in 39.1 innings while striking out 29.
On Monday, Duke worked his fifth quality start in six outings since he was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on July 1. The Pirates' southpaw limited Atlanta to a run on seven hits over 8.1 innings for a 4-1 decision over the Braves, and he improved to 4-0 on the season. The 22-year-old prospect has allowed more than a single run in a start only once -- his major league debut in Milwaukee on July 2. He has a 0.92 ERA over 39.1 innings.
Duke helped lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 3-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday, allowing just six hits over eight shutout innings. With the outing, the rookie lefthander, who struck out four and walked two, extended his scoreless-innings streak to 17.
Duke turned in another solid performance and picked up the first win of his major league career in Thursday's 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. The Pirates' 22-year-old lefthander, who was recalled last week, scattered six hits over seven shutout innings, struck out eight and walked one.
Duke will make his major league debut in Saturday's matchup with the Milwaukee Brewers after having his contract purchased by the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday. The 22-year-old lefthander will be filling in for Oliver Perez, who will miss at least three weeks with a broken left big toe. In 16 starts with Triple-A Indianapolis this season, Duke has posted a 12-3 record and 2.92 ERA.