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12/23/04 - AFP - Baseball: Cuba's "El Duque" lands with baseball's White Sox

URL : http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_sports/view/123799/1/.html

CHICAGO : Cuban pitcher Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez, a member of three
World Series championship teams who missed most of the past two baseball
seasons, signed a two-year deal with the Chicago White Sox.

Hernandez, who will make 3.5 million dollars in 2005 and 4.5 million in
2006, missed all of the 2003 season and half of the 2004 campaign following
surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff.

The 35-year-old hurler played for the New York Yankees during their 1998,
1999 and 2000 title seasons - his first three Major League Baseball
campaigns after defecting to the United States from Cuba.

Hernandez went 61-40 record with a 3.96 earned-run average in six US
seasons, all with the Yankees.

"Orlando is a great addition to our starting rotation," White Sox general
manager Ken Williams said. "He is a proven winner with a history of
pitching well in big games, especially when you look at his post-season
record."

Hernandez posted a 9-3 playoff record with a 2.65 earned-run average. His
nine playoff triumphs rank third on the all-time Yankees list, trailing
only Andy Pettitte's 13 and 10 by Whitey Ford.

- AFP


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