Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Tigers 3 Pirates 0

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Tigers 3 Pirates 0

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Records: Tigers (7-5-1), Pirates (3-8-1).

Starter: Jeff Locke ? 4 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR.

Hitter: Michael Morse ? 1 for 2, 1 2B, 1 BB.

Of note: Locke looked sharp against a star-studded Tigers lineup. At one point, he retired 10 consecutive batters, and mixed his pitches well to strike out five. Both runs were earned, but the first came on catcher Chris Stewart's throwing error. The second was a solo shot by J.D. Martinez.

"Felt really good today," Locke said. "We've been working really hard between starts ? since the new year with Ray [Searage], just trying to hammer this new delivery down. The results are starting to come to fruition a little bit."

News of the day

With the recent addition Friday of corner infielder David Freese, Morse's role with the Pirates became a lot less clear. While Jung Ho Kang rehabilitates, Freese will start at third and Morse will, as previously planned, platoon with John Jaso at first base. Once Kang returns, however, Freese will take over as the right-handed hitter in the platoon, pushing Morse to the bench. …

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