Pirates' Jeff Locke (oblique) off DL, optioned to Triple-A

Per MLB transactions, the Pittsburgh Pirates optioned LHP Jeff Locke to Triple-A Indianapolis after he was activated from the DL. Locke missed all of spring training due to an oblique injury he suffered in his first game on February 27, The left-hander made a Single-A rehab start on April 9, going 6 innings (82 pitches), allowing 2 runs, 5 hits and a walk while striking out...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates place Jeff Locke and Chris Stewart on DL

The Pittsburgh Pirates have set their 25-man roster for Opening Day with backup catcher Chris Stewart and All-Star left-handed pitcher Jeff Locke on the 15-day DL, according to Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Both are eligible to return on April 5. Stewart required surgery after injuring his knee in a game on March 12, and is expected to be out until mid- to late April...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates make several roster moves

The Pittsburgh Pirates will open up their 2014 campaign against the Chicago Cubs on Monday, March 31st. As a Cubs fan myself, I’m very excited to watch these two National League Central Division rivals go at it to kick off the year. Now before the Pirates prepare themselves for their first home series of the year, they have announced several roster moves. The first move made was...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Vin Mazzaro is the odd man out in the bullpen

The final roster decisions for Opening Day 2014 have been made by the Pirates today. Most of the moves were predictable; Chris Stewart and Jeff Locke are headed to the disabled list, Travis Ishikawa was put on the roster and Andy Oliver was outrighted to Triple-A (which means removed from the 40-man roster) to make room for him. The one big lingering decision was the final bullpen...
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: Starting Pitching Will be Key in 2014

The Pittsburgh Pirates will need Jeff Locke to regain his confidence & help bolster a potentially dominant pitching staff (via baseballjournal) A year after ending the longest streak of losing seasons in major professional sports in North America, the Pittsburgh Pirates will go as far their pitching rotation takes them in 2014. It seems injustice to say that a team featuring...
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March 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Locke Sidelined

Pirates left-hander Jeff Locke does not expect to miss much time due to tightness in his right oblique. Locke felt what he said felt like "a continuous little pull" during his last bullpen session and was scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday.
March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates Talk The Walking Dead

The video pretty much speaks for's Pittsburgh Pirates players Tony Watson, Justin Wilson, Jeff Locke, and Jordy Mercer predicting what's going to happen in Sunday night's episode of the hit AMC series "The Walking Dead". Enjoy.
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March 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Locke determined to put poor finish behind him

Even when things were spiraling downward for him last season, the last thing Jeff Locke wanted to do was back away from his problems. Over his first 18 starts, Locke seemed almost bulletproof on the mound. He went 8-2 with a 2.15 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP and was named to the NL All-Star team. But the left-hander won just two of his final 12 starts. His ERA in that span was 6.12, and...
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February 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Charlie Morton signs three-year, $21 million extension with Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates have locked up one of their rotation stalwarts for the foreseeable future, inking 30-year old right-hander Charlie Morton to a three-year extension worth a reported $21 million. The contract also contains a club option for 2017 worth $9.5 million. Morton was scheduled to be a free agent after the 2014 season, and was projected to make $3.9 million this season...
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December 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Jim Benedict Turns Down the Phillies

Jim Benedict has turned down the Phillies. The Philadelphia Phillies have been seeking a new pitching coach, and in their search they were granted permission to talk with Jim Benedict, who is a Special Assistant to General Manager Neal Huntington. Last week there was word that Benedict impressed the Phillies in his interview, while a group of other candidates were either ruled out...
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November 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Game 156: Reds 11 Pirates 3

I understand letting Jeff Locke start today. That sounds crazy in hindsight, but I really do. Locke has looked marginally better since returning from his demotion, and he turned in a gem against the Cubs last weekend. Brandon Cumpton, Kris Johnson, and Stolmy Pimentel have all been used pretty sparingly since joining the Pirates after Indianapolis's season ended. Using a rusty...
September 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates fall into tie for wild-card lead

Two months ago, Jeff Locke was an All-Star and one of baseball's biggest surprises. Now the Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander might be one of the team's biggest question marks. The Cincinnati Reds pounded Locke for five first-inning runs in an 11-3 rout on Sunday that dropped the Pirates into a tie with Cincinnati for the NL wild-card lead. Locke (10-7) was lifted before...
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September 22, 2013  |  Discuss

With wild card lead on the line, Jeff Locke starts the last regular season game at PNC Park

Think about how big a two-game deficit feels in the division right now. It feels almost insurmountable with seven games left. If the Pirates win today, they can have the exact same lead on the Reds for the right to host the wild card game, except with only six games left instead of seven. This is the last regular season game at PNC Park, and it is, of course, the biggest game in...
September 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Offensive woes doom Pirates in 5-2 loss to Padres

The Pittsburgh Pirates insist they're not scoreboard watching as they try to chase the franchise's first playoff berth in 21 years. Good idea. At the moment the teams in their rearview mirror are inching closer by the day. Jeff Locke's second-half struggles reappeared and Pittsburgh's offense again fell silent in a 5-2 loss to the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night...
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September 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Getting back on track

Obviously, last night's game did not go well. Tonight, the Pirates will try to get back on track against Eric Stults and the Padres. If we boil the remaining season down to its simplest form, the Pirates now have four three-game series left in 2013 and if they win two of three in each of those four series, they will finish with 95 wins. It's impossible to say for sure from...
September 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates Notebook: Command and Confidence

The month of August was a challenging one for Jeff Locke, to say the least. He finished winless in the month, and with a 8.02 ERA. In fact, the entire second half of 2013 had been the polar opposite for the Pirates’ lefty after he earned an All-Star nod in the season’s first half. Thursday, Locke looked like that pitcher once again when he pitched through seven innings for the...
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September 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs – Game 147

Alright.  A good start to this series.  A good start by Jeff Locke.  Time to mash the pedal though.  The Cubs used four relievers.  Hopefully that comes back to bite them. There appears to be a secret to the Pirates success.  Something no Sabermatrician could ever quantify. Intensity. That’s what makes a good pitcher, and…
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September 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Locke leads Pirates into tie for 1st

Jeff Locke insists he didn't need a confidence boost after a late summer swoon. A return to basics and a little help from his teammates provided one anyway. Flashing the form that made him a surprise All-Star in July, Locke allowed three hits over seven innings to earn his first victory in nearly two months as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs 3-1 on Thursday night...
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September 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates 3, Cubs 1

The Pirates’ big 11-game homestand couldn’t have gotten off to a better start, as the Bucs won their fourth straight game and moved in to a first place tie with the Cardinals. A somewhat small but very boisterous crowd saw Jeff Locke deliver his best start in quite a while as the offense did just enough to get him a much-needed victory. It should be noted that the Cubs’ lineup...
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September 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Locke leads Pirates in 3-1 win over Cubs

For at least one start pitcher Jeff Locke unearthed his first-half self. Behind a strong outing from Locke the Pirates defeated the Chicago Cubs 3-1 at PNC Park on Thursday night their fourth win in a row. Locke (10-5) finished seven innings and allowed one run on three hits. He walked only one batter his lowest walk total since July 31 and struck out five. Locke had not finished...
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September 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates Open 11-Game Homestand with 3-1 Victory

While the Chicago Cubs took an early 1-0 lead Thursday night, the Pirates (85-61) appeared in control of the team’s series-opener throughout. Jeff Locke tossed his best start since the All-Star Break, and the Pirates cruised to a 3-1 victory despite falling behind in the third inning by a one-run margin. Locke kept the Cubs from recording a hit until Darnell McDonald led off the...
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September 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Game 146: Pirates 3 Cubs 1

Here's the rule: there's no complaining about the circumstances of victories at this point in the season. There's no "if the Cubs weren't baseball idiots that bunted with their leadoff hitter with two runners on and nobody out in the ninth inning of a 3-1 game ..." There are only wins.  On Sunday, after being swept by the Cardinals, the Pirates faced...
September 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Locke bounces back, Pirates beat Cubs 3-1

Jeff Locke allowed three hits over seven innings to earn his first victory in nearly two months and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs 3-1 on Thursday night. Locke (10-5) struck out five and walked one to help the Pirates win their fourth straight as they try to catch first-place St. Louis in the NL Central. Mark Melancon worked out of a two-on, none-out jam in the ninth...
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September 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates Notebook: Previewing the Cubs

Tonight the Pirates return after a 10-game road trip to open up a 11-game homestand with four games against the Chicago Cubs. The Pirates are 7-5 against the Cubs this season, and will play three more games in Chicago before the season series is over. With three wins at home this weekend, the Pirates (84-61) would ensure themselves the advantage in the season slate between the two...
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September 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Game 146 Preview: Pirates vs. Cubs

Cubs (62-83) at Pirates (84-61) 7:05 PM–PNC Park, Pittsburgh Gameday TV: ROOT, WGN  Tonight the Pirates kick off their final homestand of the season, and they’ll play their first game as a winning team in PNC Park. This is an 11 game homestand, and it has to be a huge success if the Pirates want to win this division. The Bucs have all the opportunity in the world, for...
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September 12, 2013  |  Discuss

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