Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Duke set to start on Thursday

By Anthony Fenech / MLB.com | 05/31/11

PHOENIX -- D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said on Tuesday that Zach Duke will make his second start of the year against the Nationals on Thursday.

Duke, a 28-year-old left-hander, made his team debut on Saturday against the Astros, after missing more than two months with a hand injury.

He threw seven innings of shutout baseball, striking out four and walking one. He allowed three hits on 99 pitches.

He did work at the plate as well, bashing his first career home run, a three-run shot off of Astros starter Bud Norris in the fourth inning.

Gibson said after Monday night's victory over the Marlins that he would decide Thursday's starter after the game.

Duke was acquired in an offseason trade with the Pirates.

In six career starts against Washington, he is 2-2 with a 5.19 ERA.

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