BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) -- Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Kyle Drabek has the stuff to pitch in the majors. It's his demeanor that needs fine-tuning.
"One of the main things I'm working on in spring training is trying to stay calm on the mound and not show anything to the hitters," Drabek said Wednesday after Toronto beat the Pittsburgh Pirates , 5-3.
"I'm real competitive," Drabek said. "When I was younger, it showed on the mound. People were saying I needed to slow down a little bit. Even my dad told me that. It's something that's got to happen."
Drabek's father, Doug Drabek , was the National League Cy Young winner in 1990 while pitching for the Pirates.
"I talk to my dad a lot, especially after every game," Drabek said. "He'll either get (the game) info from my mom or see it on the computer, then call me and we'll talk about what went on in the game."
The 23-year-old Drabek pitched five innings and gave up two runs on seven hits. He walked one and struck out two.
Neil Walker hit a solo homer off Drabek in the first inning. Garrett Jones had a two-out, RBI single in the fourth.
"My arm has felt great this spring," Drabek said. "It's a success so far. Hopefully, it continues." Drabek, a former first-round draft pick, made his big league debut last season. In three starts, he went 0-3 with a 4.76 ERA. This spring, he is in good position to lock up a spot in Toronto's young, revamped starting rotation.
"I knew what I was coming into," Drabek said. "When I got out there, it's just me and the catcher. It's baseball. That's what I try to think about, no off-field things or anything like that when I'm on the mound."
Pirates starter Paul Maholm worked five innings and allowed four runs on five hits. The left-hander walked two and struck out three.
David Cooper hit a two-run home run and Edwin Encarnacion hit a solo shot. Cooper's homer capped a three-run fourth inning, when Toronto took a 4-1 lead.
"I hung two pitches and it cost three runs," Maholm said. "This was the first time all spring - bullpens, game, anything - when I've all the sudden gotten out of whack. It's hard when you know you're off and you're trying to compete."
Maholm ended his outing on a positive note by tossing a 1-2-3 fifth inning.
"You want to feel good, but also it's nice to get kicked around for an inning and know you can come back out and do what you need to do," Maholm said. NOTES: Pirates manager Clint Hurdle spent the day at minor league camp, so rookie league coach Woody Huyke managed the game against Toronto. Huyke, 73, is in his 53rd season of pro baseball, including the past 42 with the Pirates. He managed the Gulf Coast League team in Bradenton for 31 years. ... Pirates C Ryan Doumit (strained oblique) took batting practice and participated in fielding drills. Doumit will get six at-bats Thursday in a minor league camp game. ... Pirates RHP James McDonald , who skipped his last start due to a sore left side, will throw a bullpen session Thursday.