Cumpton, called up from Triple-A Indianapolis to start Thursday against the Reds in place of the injured Wandy Rodriguez, allowed just two runs on four hits and a walk with five strikeouts in seven innings. That start built off the success Cumpton had in the minors; where he was 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA in three starts, as well as his six starts for Pittsburgh last season. His fine outing Thursday earned him at least one more turn in the Pirates' rotation. If that one goes well, he could be - hat tip to Jeff Erickson - straight outta Cumpton (
to stick in the rotation for as long as Rodriguez (knee) is sidelined.
After a solid first season in Baltimore in 2012, Hammel looked more like the pitcher who had tough luck in Colorado, but his results last season were due
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