Extended Spring Training started today for the Pittsburgh Pirates. For some minor league players, this is a time to get some informal game experience before they eventually head to State College or the Gulf Coast League for their Spring debuts. For others, this is a time to make any last minute preparations for the 2012 season. That's especially true in the first days for starting pitchers who are slated for a full season league.

Jeff Locke was one of those starters today, going five innings at Pirate City to maintain his schedule of throwing every five days. Locke threw five shutout innings, allowing three hits, no walks, and striking out two. He threw 56 pitches, with 36 going for strikes, and was 89-93 MPH with his fastball. But the outing wasn't about the numbers, which have little ...

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