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Duke beats Cardinals 7-1, Pirates end 8-game slide - The Associated Press
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Zach Duke limited St. Louis to three singles over eight innings after giving up a homer to Albert Pujols in the first and the Pittsburgh Pirates ended an eight-game losing streak by beating the Cardinals 7-1 on Tuesday night....
It's a fact: Some pitchers' stats are fluky - USA Today
•Zach Duke, Pittsburgh Pirates (3-3, 2.79 ERA, 1.17 WHIP): Duke burst onto the scene as a rookie in 2005, going 8-2 with a 1.82 ERA in 84 innings. That season, Duke had a good strikeout rate (6.2 K/9), but in subsequent years (including 2009),...
Balance of power is in Duke's favor - Baltimore Sun
During the previous two seasons, Duke coach John Danowski used the star system to fuel his offense - almost everything ran through All-America attackmen Matt Danowski and Zack Greer. The Blue Devils are using the same offensive system in 2009,...
Pirates snap eight-game skip behind Duke - Rotoworld.com
Zach Duke held the Cardinals to four hits and one earned run over eight solid innings Tuesday as the Bucs snapped an eight-game skid. Duke handled the Cardinals' lineup with relative ease, fanning five batters and issuing just one walk in the 7-1...
Prince Fielder hits two homers in Brewers' victory - Los Angeles Times
at Milwaukee 6, Florida 3: Prince Fielder hit a pair of two-run homers, and Rickie Weeks and Mike Cameron hit solo shots to rally the Brewers. at Pittsburgh 7, St. Louis 1: Zach Duke limited St. Louis to four hits over eight innings. at Colorado 12,...
VENUE: Busch Stadium - CBSSports.com
The Pirates hope to change their luck with Zach Duke on the mound Wednesday. After entering the season with four road wins since 2005, Duke (3-2, 2.21 ERA) will try for his third victory in as many starts away from home....
Swab the Web - Rum Bunter
LHP Zach Duke (4-3, 2.52) An interesting story in the PG, regarding a possible $4 million dollar Dominican SS Miguel Angel Sano. Bone grafts to verify his age? [Post Gazette] John Clayton amazes me with this article. Ten best offseasons in the NFL....
AMERICAN LEAGUE : Burnett booed, beaten in first trip back to Toronto - Arkansas Democrat Gazette
PIRATES 7, CARDINALS 1 Zach Duke (4-3) gave up three singles over eight innings after giving up a home run to Albert Pujols with two outs in the first and host Pittsburgh beat St. Louis to end an eight-game losing streak. Njyer Morgan's two-run triple...
Sixty Feet, Six Inches: Greinke's and Duke's differing fortunes - ESPN
Meanwhile, Zach Duke was somewhat off the fantasy radar thanks to three disappointing seasons following his dynamite rookie campaign in 2005 (8-2, 1.81 ERA in 14 games). During that time, he had given way to Ian Snell, Tom Gorzelanny and Paul Maholm as...

Zach Duke

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Zachary Thomas Duke (born April 19, 1983 in Clifton, Texas) is a starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who currently plays for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Duke bats and throws left-handed.

Duke was drafted directly out of Midway High School in Waco, Texas, in the 20th round of the 2001 draft, and began his career the following year with the Pirates' rookie level Gulf Coast League team. He spent 2003 with the low-A Hickory Crawdads.

In 2004, Duke led all minor league pitchers with a 1.46 earned run average (24 earned runs in 148.1 innings pitched). He posted a 15-6 record in 26 combined starts between Class-A Lynchburg and Double-A Altoona, and his 15 wins tied for third-most among all minor league pitchers.

Following the 2004 season, Duke was named Pittsburgh's Minor League Pitcher-of-the-Year and earned Carolina League Pitcher-of-the-Year honors. He was selected by Baseball America as the sixth-best prospect in the Eastern League and the best pitching prospect (fourth-best prospect overall) in the Carolina League. He was also recognized by the publication as having the best breaking pitch in the league.

Zach Duke made his major league debut on July 2, 2005 against the Milwaukee Brewers, striking out nine and receiving a no-decision in the Pirates 5-3 loss. His nine strikeouts were the most by a Pirate making their MLB debut since Tim Wakefield on July 31, 1992.

Duke's debut month included a 3-0 shutout victory against Greg Maddux and the Cubs on July 16 and 22 consecutive scoreless innings from July 2 to July 21. He was named National League Rookie of the month for July while compiling a 0.87 ERA, the best among all starting pitchers in the Major Leagues.

He became only the second Pittsburgh rookie to win his first 5 decisions, along with Whitey Glazner. He also became one of only four pitchers during the Live-ball era to record an ERA below 1.00 in their first six starts (the others being Fernando Valenzuela, Boo Ferriss and Steve Rogers).

Duke's first full season with the Pirates was as the new team ace, anchoring a very young rotation with Ian Snell. Duke had a number of good starts in the first half of the season, but many of them were undone by the Pirates' weak bullpen and lack of run support for Duke. The second half of 2006 was a re-emergence of the Duke that had dazzled Pittsburgh with his stuff from the previous year, and, on a side note, it was the first time the Pirates had compiled a winning record for a half of a season since 1992. Duke recorded 2 complete game efforts, the only 2 that Pittsburgh had all season. His first was a shutout of the Chicago Cubs on May 2, but he only had 2 strikeouts and a walk. His better effort was on August 11 against the St. Louis Cardinals. While he scattered 8 hits, Duke only allowed 1 run (it was earned), recorded no walks and 7 strikeouts. Duke also threw 11 fewer pitches than his previous complete game effort, and recorded 14 ground-ball outs. Duke's final line for the 2006 season was 10-15 with a 4.47 ERA and 117 strikeouts against 68 walks. Duke also became the first Pirates starter since Kris Benson in 2000 to throw more than 200 innings with 215 and 1/3 innings pitched.

Duke currently lives in Pittsburgh year-round.

Zach married Kristin Gross in Evansville, Indiana in November 2007. They met when she was an emcee for the Indianapolis Indians. She was a Kappa Alpha Theta at Butler University and also tried out for American Idol. His best man was Pirates closer Matt Capps.

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2006 Major League Baseball season pitching leaders

Johan Santana, starting pitcher for the Minnesota Twins, had 245 strikeouts, 19 wins, and an ERA of 2.77 leading the league.[1]

This is a list of leading pitchers in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the 2006 MLB season. The National League's St. Louis Cardinals defeated the American League's Detroit Tigers to win the World Series with the lowest regular-season victory total of any Series champion. The American League (AL) won the All-Star Game for a fourth straight year; the AL won nine of the previous 10 contests (the 2002 game was a tie). In the 2006 season, the Atlanta Braves failed to qualify for the postseason for the first time since 1990. Individual achievements included Barry Bonds who, despite questions surrounding his alleged steroid use and involvement in the BALCO scandal, surpassed Babe Ruth for second place on the career home runs list.

Salomon Torres, a pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, led the major leagues in games pitched with a total of 94. John Smoltz started 35 games for the Atlanta Braves, leading the majors in games started, while Bronson Arroyo topped the majors by pitching over 240 innings for the Cincinnati Reds. Zach Duke gave up 255 hits pitching for the Pirates, while Jason Marquis of the Cardinals gave up 136 runs and 130 earned runs, leading both categories. Carlos Zambrano of the Chicago Cubs led the league in walks with 115. Johan Santana, starting pitcher for the Minnesota Twins, had league-leading statistics in strikeouts (245), wins (19), and earned run average (ERA), with 2.77. Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Rodrigo López led the league with 18 losses. Aaron Harang and C. C. Sabathia led the majors with six complete games each. Francisco Rodriguez, a closer for the Los Angeles Angels, had a league high of 47 saves.

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Jim Nelson (baseball)

James Lorin Nelson (July 4, 1947 - August 22, 2004) was an American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1970 and 1971.

Nelson was born in Birmingham, Alabama. The Pirates selected him in the 31st round of the 1965 amateur draft. His debut for the Pirates on May 30, 1970 was memorable. He relieved Gene Garber in the fifth inning of a game at Forbes Field against the San Francisco Giants, struck out Willie Mays, and got Willie McCovey to hit into a double play; he finished that appearance with three perfect innings pitched and four strikeouts, and hit a single in his only plate appearance.

Nelson won his first four career starts for the Pirates in 1970, a feat not equalled by a Pirates pitcher until Zach Duke won his first four starts in 2005.

Nelson appeared in 15 games for the Pirates in 1970 and 17 games in 1971, both as a starter and a reliever. He struggled with control in 1971, walking 26 batters in 34 innings. In July, he was demoted to the minor leagues, but refused to report to his minor-league team. Although his teammates voted him a half-share of their 1971 World Series money, Pirates management did not award him a World Series ring. He underwent rotator cuff surgery and never returned to the majors.

Nelson was a good-hitting pitcher, with 7 hits in 26 career at bats for a batting average of .269.

After retiring from baseball, Nelson became a produce salesman. He died unexpectedly at his Sacramento, California home at age 57 in 2004.

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2009 Pittsburgh Pirates season

The 2009 Pittsburgh Pirates season will be the 128th season of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise; the 123rd in Major League Baseball (MLB). The season is the franchise's second season under the management of John Russell. The Pirates will attempt to avoid becoming the first franchise in professional sports to have a losing record in 17 consecutive seasons.

The organization fired pitching coach Jeff Andrews and first-base coach Lou Frazier the day after the 2008 season concluded, but are expected to retain the rest of the staff through 2009. In October 2008, Joe Kerrigan—previously of the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies—was hired as the new pitching coach, while Perry Hill became the first base coach. On November 24, the Pirates signed Dinesh Patel and Rinku Singh of India. The pair participated in the Million Dollar Arm, a contest held in their home country to discover who out of the 30,000 contestants had the strongest, most accurate arm. Having never heard of baseball prior to 2007, both Patel and Singh can throw over 90mph. The pair will participate at spring training. Management plans to keep closer observations of players' off-season workouts.

Pirates' radio announcer of 33 years, Lanny Frattare, retired prior to the season. Tim Neverett, formerly of Fox Sports Rocky Mountain, was selected to replace him after a search of approximately 200 candidates. In January 2009, the team held its sixth PirateFest at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. The three day event was attended by 15,127 people, and increased the number of season ticket packages purchased from the 2008 season. President Frank Coonelly stated that the team had fallen behind the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Penguins from a "marketing and business perspective," but are "...working hard to get ourselves back up to where we belong both in Major League Baseball and Pittsburgh." The Pirates added sleeves to their uniform, and added an alternate uniform with a gold-colored P on the chest which will be worn during select games.

The Pirates opened the season with a 6–4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. The Pirates scored four runs in the final inning to win their third consecutive come-from-behind opening day game. The Pirates had 17 hits two games later to beat the Cardinals 7–4, but were held to one hit the next day and split their opening series two games to two. Rain shortened the Pirates' series in Cincinnati to two games; Pittsburgh won the first game 10–2 after Ryan Doumit hit his first career grand slam in the final inning. On April 13, the Pirates completed the league's first triple play of the season and the Pirates' first in 16 years, however, they lost the game 2–0. In the team's home opener on April 13, Zach Duke pitched a complete game shutout, as the Pirates defeated the Houston Astros, 7–0. In the game, both the Pirates and the Astros wore Pittsburgh Police hats in honor of three officers who were shot and killed on April 4. The pre-game ceremonies honored the officers, as well as former Pirates pitcher and current broadcaster Steve Blass for this 50th season with the team, and included a flyover by four Apache helicopters from the 114th Attack Battalion of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.

As of April 15,2009.

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2007 Pittsburgh Pirates season

The Pittsburgh Pirates' 2007 season marked the 126th season of baseball in Pittsburgh.

The Pirates began 2007 with a new majority owner, Robert Nutting, and the dreary fact that they could surpass the Philadelphia Phillies as owners of the longest consecutive losing seasons record in baseball, having last had a winning season in 1992. However, in spite of finishing 5th in the NL Central, the Pirates are hoping their 2nd half momentum from 2006 will carry over into 2007.

In addition to NL batting champion Freddy Sanchez and slugger Jason Bay, the Bucs acquired Adam LaRoche from Atlanta in January, hoping to boost offensive power. In addition, they re-signed pitcher Shawn Chacon, acquired from the Yankees last summer, and signed Tony Armas, Jr. to help bolster their starting rotation, led by Ian Snell and Tom Gorzelanny.

The Pirates' season started well, as they swept the Houston Astros in Houston for the first time since 1991, when the Astros played in the Astrodome. However, that initial success didn't carry for very long, as the Bucs proceeded to lose 11 of their next 13 games. The Pirates pulled out of their early slump to post a 12-12 record at the end of April. May, however, would to be quite tumultuous, as Tony Armas was sent to the bullpen for poor performance, Zach Duke struggled mightily, the bullpen blew several late leads, and closer Salomon Torres was stripped of his closer's duties, in favor of youngster Matt Capps after Torres blew a 2-run ninth-inning lead against the San Diego Padres on May 31.

After the All-Star Break, the Pirates started off by losing 7 games in a row, and 8 out of 9 overall. Paul "Big Poison" Waner's number 11 was retired in a pregame ceremony at PNC Park July 21st, 2007, conducted in part by members of his family and Pirate greats Bill Mazeroski and Ralph Kiner.

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Robinson Cancel

Robinson Cancel (born May 4, 1976 in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico) is a catcher for the New York Mets organization in Major League Baseball. He made his major league debut for the Brewers on September 3, 1999.

On June 15, 2008, Cancel pinch-hit for Pedro Martínez in the bottom of the sixth inning with the bases loaded. Cancel singled to center field, driving in two runs; this single was the game-winning hit, giving Martínez his 211th career win. It was Cancel's first hit in the majors since 1999.

Cancel hit his first career home run as a member of the Mets on August 11, 2008 against Zach Duke of the Pittsburgh Pirates, coming almost nine years after Cancel's Major-League debut with the Brewers. Cancel came up huge for the Mets on September 25 as he went 2-4 with a double, a run and and R.B.I. on Ryan Church's tip toe slid into home plate.

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