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Pirates Prospect Jeff Locke Relishes Defeat Of Yankees' AA Team

Here's a fun interview with Jeff Locke, who pitched yesterday in the Eastern League finals for the Altoona Curve in their Game Two Defeat of the Yankees' Trenton Thunder affiliate.

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"I'm not a huge Yankees fan," Locke said, understating his lifelong devotion to a certain New England team. "So it's that much more important to me" ...

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 Locke got some help in the seventh when d'Arnaud, who homered off Pettitte in Game 1, combined on a spectacular double play. Austin Krum drew a one-out walk before Justin Snyder hit a liner to second off Locke.

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"I got Snyder to ground into the best double play I've ever seen behind me," Locke said. "D'Arnaud is going to his right and does this blindsided, no-look glove flip to Mercer, who throws to first base. At that point, the adrenaline couldn't be going any higher."

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Locke scores points for the Yankees hate, even if he did grow up a Red Sox fan. (Okay, he's expressing distaste for the most annoying fanbase in baseball and claiming allegiance with the second-most annoying. But that's still a positive, right?) 

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Anyway, the Altoona-Trenton series is best-of-five, and it's tied 1-1. They play tonight at 7:05 in Trenton. Justin Wilson, one of several solid prospects in a rotation that also includes Locke and Rudy Owens, will start.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.