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The Questions With Zach Duke

July 31, 2006
July 31, 2006

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The Questions With Zach Duke

Pirates Pitcher

What was yourwelcome to the big leagues moment?

Pitching in Pittsburgh the first time [in '05]. I was coming off the field, andthe whole stadium started chanting, "Duuuuuuke!" [after he blanked thePhillies over seven innings]. It was unreal.

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Your mostembarrassing moment?

Last year I was on second, and there was a line drive to shortstop. I went backto the bag and sprained my ankle. I was safe initially, but I stepped off--Iwas like, It hurts! Walk it off!--and I got tagged out.

One thing aboutbeing a ballplayer that fans don't think about?

When everybody in the stands wants a ball, they say, "Hey, it's mybirthday, can I have a ball?" I wish they knew we can't always give themaway. We don't really have that many, and we have to use them for BP.

If I werecommissioner for a day, I would ...

try not to screw things up.

LAST WEEK
The 23-year-old lefty improved to 7-8 on the year, beating the Rockies.

THIS WEEK
Duke is to start against the Giants, to whom he allowed three runs in sixinnings last month.

PHOTOJASON BRIDGE/US PRESSWIRE (DUKE PITCHING)PHOTOGENE J, PUSKAR/AP (DUKE HEAD SHOT)