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Duke Rolling This Spring

Zach Duke

Lefty Zach Duke has been very impressive this spring and he added to his body of work on Monday, when he went five scoreless innings to pitch the Pirates to a 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Duke allowed two hits, walked two and fanned four, lowering his ERA to 1.83.

"He has a very good grasp of what he's doing this year. He had a very good offseason," said manager John Russell. "He's got a different outlook on what he's doing, and the confidence is showing." Duke has walked four batters in 19 2/3 innings this spring. "The sinker was really good early on," Duke said. "I was able to get the breaking pitches over for strikes and I made some big pitches when I...

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