It took a while --10 big league starts and 67.2 innings to be exact -- for Jeff Locke to notch his first Major League win, but the lefty rookie was able to get that notch that in his solid final start of the 2012 season.

Locke has come a long way from the left-hander that made his Major League debut with Pittsburgh last September against the now Miami Marlins. Locke tossed 16.2 frames in the big leagues last season. Getting his feet wet was a huge growing experience for him. The lefty started the 2011 season in Double-A Altoona, then made just five starts at the Triple-A level, where he posted a 2.22 ERA, before finishing the year up as a September call up.

“I feel much more confident this year,” Locke said. “I’m not sure if it’s because I spent two-third of the year last year in Dou...

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