News: Locke allowed two earned runs in 5.2 innings Friday, giving up eight hits and three walks while striking out two, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Impact: "The thing I was happy about today was that we got into the sixth inning, got the pitch count up, stayed healthy," Locke said. "I like where I'm at right now. I'm right where I need to be." The Bucs will likely decide whether Locke or Worley start the season as Pittsburgh's No. 5 starter sometime this weekend. It's also possible that both pitchers make the rotation with the team placing Charlie Morton on the disabled list as he recovers from hip surgery.
News: Pirates GM Neal Huntington reiterated his intention to take Kang north with the team as part of the Opening Day roster. "We like the bat speed, we love the power," Huntington told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "We like what he's been able to do defensively at short and third."
Impact: Kang went 1-for-3 with a triple Friday, raising his batting average to .133 in 30 spring at-bats. "We've seen some really good things in (fewer) than 30 plate appearances," Huntington said. "The sample size is ridiculously small. If he hits three of the balls he's hit on days when the wind is blowing out instead of blowing in, we're talking about a very different story right now because he'd be a guy who's hit four home runs instead of one." It's hard to see where Kang will see much action with Josh Harrison set at third base and Jordy Mercer at shortstop. The decision to keep an overmatched Kang on the Opening Day roster is a curious one, at the least.
News: Polanco went 2-for-4 with a double and home run Friday against the Twins.
Impact: Although he's hitting just .220 this spring, Polanco has reached base in six straight games. The right fielder entered Friday with just one extra-base hit in 37 at-bats, making Friday's performance a likely confidence booster for the 23-year-old.