Jeff Locke was impressive in his 2012 debut for the Pirates on Thursday at PNC Park. The left-hander, who was recalled on Wednesday, was promoted to serve the club with length from the bullpen -- a role that he's never been called upon to do in his professional career.

But the 24-year-old looked nothing like a rookie on the mound in Pittsburgh.

"I think there’s nerves anytime you pitch at any level. If you’re not nervous, then you’re not right," Locke said after the game.

He's come a long way since making his Major League debut on September 9, 2011 against the Marlins. Not only did the experience of pitching in the Majors last year help, but so has the new delivery he put into play in spring training as well as maturing in Triple-A.

"I feel much more confident this year," Locke...

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