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09/06/2005 5:29 PM ET
Zach Duke of Pirates voted National League Rookie of the Month for August
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Zach Duke of the Pittsburgh Pirates, who went 3-0 over five starts during the month of August, has been voted the National League Rookie of the Month.

The left-hander led all rookie starters with a 2.83 ERA. He finished the month with 28.2 innings pitched, yielding 27 hits, nine runs, earned, with seven walks and 17 strikeouts. Zach became the first Pirate rookie to win his first six decisions, all as a starter. He blanked the Mets over seven innings of two-hit ball, holding the team hitless through his first 4.1 innings of work, en route to his third victory of the month on August 18th. He assembled a string of nine consecutive scoreless innings before leaving a game against the Cardinals with a sprained left ankle on August 23rd.

Other rookies receiving votes included Jeff Francoeur (.312, 4 HR, 15 RBI) of the Braves; Ryan Howard (.307, 5 HR, 16 RBI) of the Phillies; Duke's Pirates teammates Ryan Doumit (.364, 2 HR, 14 RBI) and Brad Eldred (.250, 6 HR, 16 RBI); and Jason Vargas (4-2, 4.46 ERA, 26 SO) of the Marlins.

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

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