• Jeff Locke, scheduled for his season-debut start Sunday in Los Angeles against the Dodgers, tuned up Tuesday with a six-inning, 91-pitch extended spring outing in Bradenton, Fla.
• Having a trio of southpaws in their rotation is not that unusual for the Bucs. Only three years ago, Paul Maholm and Zach Duke were in the regular rotation, and Brian Burris also made 13 starts. In 2008, a quartet of lefties (Tom Gorzelanny, Phil Dumatrait, Maholm and Duke) had double-figure starts.
• Those funky white hats with "Pirates" spelled out in front that you may have seen players wearing while being interviewed? That is what they are, specified "interview hats," which Major League Baseball has distributed to all 30 teams.