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Pittsburgh's Duke voted National League Rookie of the Month for July
08/03/2005 4:52 PM ET
Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander Zach Duke, who went 3-0 over five starts during the month of July, has been voted National League Rookie of the Month.

Duke led all Major League starting pitchers with a 0.87 ERA over the month of July (minimum 25.0 innings pitched). The southpaw did not allow an earned run to score in a span of 26.0 consecutive innings, which spanned his last four starts of the month. He finished the month with 31.0 innings pitched, yielding 27 hits and four runs (three earned) with nine walks and 27 strikeouts. Duke struck out a career-high nine batters in his Major League debut on July 2nd at Milwaukee. He also put together a 22.0 inning scoreless streak, the longest such streak by an N.L. rookie since Roy Oswalt threw 24.0 consecutive scoreless innings in 2001.

Other rookies receiving votes included Jeff Francoeur (.413, 6 HR, 16 RBI) of the Braves; Ryan Howard (.289, 5 HR, 19 RBI) of the Phillies; Marcos Carvajal (0-0, 1.38 ERA, 12 SO) of the Rockies; Willy Taveras (.321, 13 R, 9 SB) of the Astros; and Brad Halsey (3-0, 2.20 ERA, 14 SO) of the Diamondbacks.

Zach Duke will receive a specially-designed trophy for being voted National League Rookie of the Month for July.

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