Jeff Locke will start tonight for the Pittsburgh Pirates against the Atlanta Braves at PNC Park, and if Clint Hurdle's pregame comments to the media are any indication the Pirates are keeping an eye on the young pitcher with help coming to the starting rotation in the form of Francisco Liriano and Charlie Morton.

Francisco Liriano will start for Altoona on Saturday.

"(Locke) has continued to grow on people as you watch him develop," Hurdle said. "He' s even transformed his body. He's leaner, he's stronger. The velocity has picked up since we first got him. I remember when he came up in 2011 at the end of the season. What he knew about baseball compared to where he is now -- mindful of the game off the mound with a catcher respective to lineups -- he's in a good place. And our guys do...

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