By Mark Mitchell
Special to FOXSportsHouston.com
Spring training is about renewal and hope, or at least that is what Zach Duke is seeking. Signed to a minor league contract, the former All-Star is looking to regain his prior form and experience another unlikly playoff run.
Spring dreaming? Yes, but it could happen. Really, it has before. True, the Astros finished 40 games out of first place last year, but Duke experienced a worst-to-first resurgence firsthand last year with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Realistically, Duke knows the odds are much better that he will make the Astros by producing similar results to the first six seasons of his career for the Pittsburgh Pirates before being traded for a player to be named later to the Diamondbacks in 2011.
His best season came in 2009 when he went 11-16 and was named to the All-Star team as an injury replacement. In 1,041 career innings, the Texas native has a 4.56 ERA and a record of 48-74.
"It was all about the opportunity to reesta...