Brandon Cumpton faces Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers for his MLB debut.

Brandon Cumpton makes his Major League debut for the Pirates on Saturday afternoon facing the Los Angeles Dodgers at PNC Park. If his promotion came as a surprise to Pittsburgh fans, it was even more surprising for Cumpton.

"I was shocked. I had no idea," Cumpton said Friday. "I didn't see it coming at all. I was blindsided."

Cumpton told reporters he has had a "pretty consistent" season for Triple-A Indianapolis, posting a 3.31 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 65.1 innings since being promoted from Double-A in mid-April. He has gone at least five innings in his last seven starts, offering the ability to give the Pirates multiple innings Saturday.

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