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Say what? El Duque pops in Nationals’ minor league system

Posted By James Kwasnik On July 30, 2010 @ 10:30 am In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

VIERA, Fla. (AP) – Former major leaguer Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez has made his minor league debut for the Washington Nationals’ team in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League.

The 44-year-old Hernandez gave up one run and two hits in one inning for the GCL Nationals in their 3-2 victory over the Marlins’ affiliate Thursday. Hernandez pitched the sixth inning.

He last appeared in the majors in 2007 with the Mets, and joined the Nationals’ organization this month. His half-brother, Livan, is a starting pitcher for Washington.

El Duque went 90-65 with a 4.13 ERA in a 10-year major league career highlighted by pitching for four World Series winners with the Yankees and White Sox.

His next stop? The Geriatric League.

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