|Dec. 3 3:10 PM PT4:10 PM MT5:10 PM CT6:10 PM ET18:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 CST4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)5:10 PM CT-Left-hander Zach Duke has agreed to a one-year contract to stay with the Washington Nationals. The NL East champions announced the deal with the free agent on Monday.
Analysis: The 29-year-old Duke joined the Nationals as a minor league free agent in March, spending most of last season at Triple-A Syracuse. He was 1-0 with a 1.32 ERA in 13 2-3 innings over eight appearances as a reliever for Washington after being called up in September. For his major league career, Duke is 49-74 with a 4.52 ERA in 189 games, including 168 starts, across eight seasons with three clubs. He was an NL All-Star in 2009.
|Mar. 27 10:03 AM PT11:03 AM MT12:03 PM CT1:03 PM ET13:03 ET17:03 GMT1:03 CST10:03 AM MST12:03 PM EST12:33 PM VEN21:03 UAE12:03 PM CT-The Houston Astros released Duke on Tuesday.
Analysis: The 28-year-old Duke was an All-Star left-hander for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2009. He appeared in four games this spring, giving up 25 hits including five home runs in 14 1/3 innings. After pitching for the Arizona Diamondbacks last season, Duke had signed a minor league contract with Houston.
|Mar. 25 7:02 PM PT8:02 PM MT9:02 PM CT10:02 PM ET22:02 ET2:02 GMT10:02 CST7:02 PM MST9:02 PM EST9:32 PM VEN6:02 UAE (+1)9:02 PM CT-Duke started for the Astros and took a beating, allowing 10 runs in 3 1-3 innings. He walked two and allowed three homers.
Analysis: Duke, a 2009 All-Star for the Pittsburgh Pirates, doesn't look like one now.
|Mar. 25 3:55 PM PT4:55 PM MT5:55 PM CT6:55 PM ET18:55 ET22:55 GMT6:55 CST3:55 PM MST5:55 PM EST6:25 PM VEN2:55 UAE (+1)5:55 PM CT-Duke started for the Astros and took a beating, allowing 10 runs in 3 1-3 innings of Sunday's 11-1 loss to Atlanta.
Analysis: Duke, who has a spring ERA of 11.30, said he is still hoping he can hold onto a spot in the Astros' rotation.