Duke added to National League All-Star roster

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PHILADELPHIA -- Pirates pitcher Zach Duke was added this morning to the National League's All-Star roster as an injury replacement, and he will join teammate Freddy Sanchez in the game, Tuesday in St. Louis.

The San Francisco Giants' Matt Cain was the injured pitcher.

Duke, selected for the first time, is 8-8 with a 3.29 ERA. The Pirates scored just seven runs in those eight losses, and Duke has two complete-game losses, tied for most in Major League Baseball.

"This is the icing on the cake, just knowing all the work I've put into it," Duke said. "To have something like this to verify that work, it's kind of great."

Asked about being selected by other managers: "To feel like you're being recognized for work you're doing across the league, it's very gratifying."

Pirates manager John Russell said he thought Duke's complete game here Friday night helped his cause, given that Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel, also the National League's manager was watching.

"Sure, when the manager of the All-Star team is watching, that doesn't hurt," Russell said.

On Duke's seclection, he added: "I thought he was very deserving. If we'd scored a few more runs for him, he would have been a shoo-in. I'm excited for him."

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