Pirates spring training report: Pirates 6, Blue Jays 4

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Starter: Jay Jackson — 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K.

Hitter: Travis Snider went 3 for 3, with a run-scoring single in the first and a two-run home run in the third.

Of note: Neil Walker recorded his first two hits of spring training with a 2-for-3 performance. He singled twice and stole a base.

News of the day

Lefty Jeff Locke said Wednesday the tightness in his right side is “very minor” and he expects to be throwing off a mound shortly.

Locke missed his scheduled start against Toronto after feeling some pain in his side during a bullpen session earlier this week. He said he is not at all bothered during normal activities.

“It wasn’t any particular pitch where I felt anything. Just a continuous little pull on my right side,” he said. “I felt the best thing to do was stop doing what I was doing right [then] and have somebody take a look.”

Locke said he has never had issues with his side.

“I’ve seen people do oblique stuff before so bad where they can’t take a deep breath, you know. It’s hard for them to run. That’s not the case with me. It’s very minor. It was just precautionary,” he said. “We’ll take a few days and just kind of re-evaluate. It is the beginning of the month. The last thing I want to do is find a way to get set back even further.”

Injury update

Gaby Sanchez (right knee) returned to the lineup.

Jenn Menendez: jmenendez@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1959 and Twitter @JennMenendez.

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