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22 Rick Porcello SP
Height/Weight: 6-5/200 | Birthdate: 12/27/1988 | Birthplace: Morristown, NJ | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Boston | College: No College | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $5,100,000 | Owned/Started%: 86/41 | Average Draft Position: 166.53
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Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello tagged for eight runs Sunday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello had a game to forget Sunday in Boston's 8-3 loss to the Orioles. Porcello allowed eight runs on 12 hits, including two home runs, in five innings of work to pick up his second loss of the season.

"I just didn't execute pitches. I made a lot of mistakes and they hit pretty much every one of them," Porcello said to MLB.com. "I left a lot of fastballs over the plate.

Porcello struggled from the start, allowing a two-run home run to Adam Jones in the first inning. Then he allowed a solo shot to Ryan Flaherty in the second before settling in.

"I thought early on, a 1-0 sinker or a 0-1 sinker that didn’t have the finish to [Adam] Jones for the two-run dinger," manger John Farrell said to WEEI.com. "There ended up being some pitches left up in the strike zone. He had to fight back in the count at times. Left-handers took some good swings against him."

But things unraveled in the fifth when Porcello allowed three of the first four hitters to reach base safely before Travis Snider singled home a run with the bases loaded. Then Manny Machado dropped a sacrifice fly to extend Baltimore's lead.

Porcello, now 1-2, boasts a 6.63 ERA and will look to get back on track Friday against the Orioles again.


Red Sox P Rick Porcello allows 3 earned runs in win over Nationals


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello allowed three earned runs on Monday, though his team was still able to defeat the Nationals 9-4. 

Porcello pitched four scoreless innings before giving up two runs in the fifth. He gave up a run each in the seventh and eighth before being replaced by Junichi Tazawa in the ninth. 

Porcello struck out six batters and walked one. He gave up solo home runs to Ryan Zimmerman (fifth inning) and Danny Espinosa (eighth inning). Porcello was credited with the win and is now 1-1 for the season. Through two games, he holds a 3.86 ERA. 

"He went out and established his fastball early on," Red Sox manager John Farrell said to MLB.com. "We know we're going up against a very aggressive-swinging team, so you can make some quality pitches early in the count, hopefully get some quick outs. That seemed to be the case. They're dangerous, obviously. If you leave some pitches in the middle of the plate, they can drive the ball out of the ballpark, which happened on a couple of occasions."

Porcello's next start is expected to take place on Sunday against the Orioles. 


Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello allows three runs in season debut


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello gave up three runs on six hits in six innings of work in Boston's 4-2 loss to the Phillies Wednesday. 

Porcello made it through the first five innings unscathed, allowing just three hits. But in the sixth, Porcello walked one and gave up a single before surrendering a three-run homer to Jeff Francoeur to left center. He finished with four strikeouts in the game and a 4.50 ERA.

Porcello will look to bounce back Monday against the Nationals.


Red Sox sign P Rick Porcello to four-year extension


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello will take the mound Wednesday with a lot more job security. 

Following Boston's 8-0 win over the Phillies on Opening Day, the Red Sox announced that Porcello has signed a four-year extension with the club.

Porcello was entering the final year of a contract he signed with the Tigers, though the Red Sox traded for the 26-year-old right-hander this offseason. Previously, Porcello said he and the club were putting off contract talks during the regular season. 

The new deal will put Porcello under contract with the Red Sox through 2019, with the new deal beginning in 2016. According to The Boston Globe, the four-year contract is worth $82.5 million


Red Sox, pitcher Rick Procello agree to put off contract talks


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) The Red Sox and pitcher Rick Porcello have agreed to delay their contract negotiations until after the season, according to WEEI.com. Porcello said he prefers to not discuss his contract during the season.

"I don'??t want any distractions when we start the season," Porcello said. "I just want to focus on pitching."

Porcello is set to become a free agent next offseason.

"Whether it'??s been the past couple of years, where trade talks have surrounded me in Detroit, or coming into the final season of a contract, at this point I think I have a better handle of how to just block that stuff out and focus on the things in front of me, things that I can control," he said. "That'??s how I'??ve felt all spring. Just coming in and getting my work done. I don't feel like there is any added pressure. The pressure that I feel is to win for my teammates and for this organization. That'?s what I'??m focused on, putting my best foot forward here and doing what I need to do to prepare for a championship caliber season with everybody else in this clubhouse."


Red Sox SP Rick Porcello tosses four one-run innings Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2015) Red Sox starting pticher Rick Porcello surrendered just one earned run on five hits in four innings while striking out three and walking none in his team's 8-5 win over the Twins Thursday.

"I think the most important thing is the arm and body feel really good, so I'm definitely on the right track," said Porcello after his outing, per MLB.com. "It's definitely one of those things where it never really ends throughout the course of the season. There's always maintenance and tweaking to be done, but I feel good about the foundation being built this spring and I'm ready to go."

Porcello managed to close his spring with a strong outing and finishes with a 2.57 ERA and 11:3 K:BB ratio in 14 innings. His next start will come Wednesday against the Phillies as he takes the mound for the team's second regular-season game.


Red Sox pitcher Rock Porcello throws five innings Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello tossed five strikeouts over five innings Monday against the Cardinals before the rain came. He gave up two runs on six hits with one walk, leaving him to work on consistency with his pitches leading up to Opening Day, reports ESPN.com.

"I feel strong," he said. "My sequences, the way I’m thinking on the mound, is there. The consistency of the pitches isn't, again, where I want it to be. That's obviously why we're here in spring training. I've got to keep working on the consistency, but I like the sequences."

One thing he felt was improved on was his changeup.

"The changeup was a lot better today and that's the one pitch I was really working on between starts," Porcello said. "There are spots where everything is really good and working together and there are spots where it's a little inconsistent. Overall, I feel strong and healthy and ready to go."


Red Sox's Porcello wants to work on consistency in final spring starts


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello made his third spring start Wednesday against the Twins, allowing one run on three hits and two walks in four innings. He also had three strikeouts.

"Changeup was a lot better, that's one thing I was working on specifically," Porcello said. "A bit of a grind, good to work out of jam."

Porcello has a 2.70 ERA through three starts. He has eight strikeouts to three walks in 10 innings.

"Looking to be more efficient," Porcello said of his remaining spring starts. "The consistency is what I need to get better at. Keep taking steps forward."


Rick Porcello said he's had no contract discussions with Red Sox


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello said he's had no contract discussions with the team during spring training, reports the Providence Journal.

The Red Sox acquired Porcello in a trade with the Tigers in December and he'll be a free agent after the season.


Red Sox SP Rick Porcello on Tuesday outing: 'My arm felt good'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello retired all six batters he faced Tuesday and threw all four of his pitches in his relief appearance, MLB.com reports.

"It felt good to get out there," said Porcello. "I was obviously just trying to work on the little things: Throw strikes and get ahead. Location wasn't quite where I wanted it, but for the first time out, my arm felt good and the ball was coming out of my hand well. That's the most important thing."

Manager John Farrell said he was pleased with Porcello's efficiency, location and aggression in the strike zone. Porcello indicated he treated the spring appearance no differently than a regular-season game.

"I'm not going to take anything for granted," Porcello said. "Baseball is baseball, and on any given day, you can go out there and get your butt whipped. First thing first is just getting the ball down and throwing strikes. For the most part, I felt pretty good about that today. There's a couple things mechanically I need to continue to iron out and just keep refining everything, but a good first day."

Porcello joined the Red Sox this offseason via trade. He went 15-13 with a 3.43 ERA and 129:41 K:BB ratio in 204 2/3 innings with the Tigers last season.


Rick Porcello already working out at spring training facility


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(2/5/2015) New Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello, acquired in a December trade, is already working out at the team's spring training facility in Fort Myers, Fla. Pitchers and catchers don't report for more than two weeks.

Porcello can be a free agent after this season but that's not his focus, reports MLB.com.

"Just getting off to a good start and locking in and having a good year is what's important," Porcello said recently. "Obviously the money is a huge benefit of playing this game, but for me, the most important thing is to make sure that I play well. I don't care how much money you make. If you're not playing well, and you're a competitive person, then you're not happy."

Porcello went 15-13 with a 3.43 ERA for the Tigers last season. "At the age of 26 and coming off of a 15-win season, Porcello could be positioned to have a big year for a team that, at least on paper, lacks a true ace," the report said.


Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello not ready to sign extension


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2015) Having just signed a one-year contract, which will be his last year of arbitration, Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello said now is not the time to discuss signing a contract before he becomes a free agent afer the 2015 season, reports MassLive.com.

"I just got here and met the guys last night so I think it's premature for that," Porcello said. "I'm just trying to settle in and fit in with everybody, get to know the staff and the guys."

The Red Sox acquired Porcello in a trade with the Tigers in December and if he equals his 2014 season, when he went 15-13 with a 3.43 ERA, he could be in line for a big payday.

"It's always strange, at least for me, because growing up you play baseball because you love playing the sport," Porcello said. "And then the money start gets thrown around and obviously for somebody, from a personal financial standpoint, that's a big opportunity and big thing to look at. But for me, over the course of my career, no matter how much money I've made I'm not happy unless I'm playing well."

Porcello added that he will not let his next contract distract him from performing to the best of his ability in 2015.

"I think obviously the money is a huge benefit of playing this game. But for me the most important thing is playing well," he said. "I don't care how much money you've made if you're not playing well you're not happy, if you're a competitive person and care about it."


Report: Red Sox sign Rick Porcello, Junichi Tazawa


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The Red Sox avoided arbitration with pitchers Rick Porcello and Junichi Tazawa by agreeing to one-year deals with each player Friday. Porcello will make $12.5 million in 2015, while Tazawa is set to earn $2.25 million, the Boston Herald reports.

Porcello, who is in his last year of arbitration eligibility, came to the Red Sox in a December trade after going 15-13 with a 3.43 ERA and 129:41 K:BB ratio in 204 2/3 innings with Detroit in 2014. Tazawa, who's in his second year of arbitration eligibility, posted a 2.86 ERA and 64:17 K:BB ratio in 63 innings last season.


Report: Red Sox's Miley, Nava, Porcello, Tazawa file arbitration


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/13/2015) Red Sox pitchers Wade Miley, Junichi Tazawa and Rick Porcello as well as outfielder Daniel Nava all filed for arbitration Tuesday, reports the Boston Globe. Figures will be exchanged Friday.

Red Sox trade Yoenis Cespedes to Tigers for Rick Porcello


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2014) The Red Sox traded outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to the Tigers on Thursday in exchange for pitcher Rick Porcello. The Tigers also acquired reliever Alex Wilson and minor-league pitcher Gabe Speier.

Cespedes is in the final year of a four-year, $36 million contract, while Porcello is in his final year of arbitration.

The 29-year-old Cespedes has a .263 average, .464 slugging percentage and .780 OPS in 416 games over three MLB seasons. Porcello, who won a career-high 15 games and had a career-low 3.43 ERA in 2014, is 76-63 with a 4.30 ERA in six MLB seasons.

Wilson has a 2-1 record, 3.38 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in 44 relief outings for Boston. He had a 1.91 ERA and 0.88 WHIP in 18 outings in 2014.

The 19-year-old Speier is 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA and 0.88 WHIP in 12 career appearances (eight starts) in the minors. He was a 19th-round pick in 2013.


Report: Tigers drawing strong interest in David Price, Rick Porcello


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/4/2014) The Tigers are drawing strong trade interest for starting pitchers David Price and Rick Porcello, sources told FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal.

Both players are slated to be free agents after the 2015 season. They are both in the final year of arbitration as well, with Price projected to make close to $19 million and Porcello projected to earn a little more than $12 million, per MLBTradeRumors.com.


David Price, Rick Porcello among Tigers players tendered contracts


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) As expected, the Tigers have tendered contracts to all four arbitration-eligible players prior to the midnight deadline on Tuesday, reports the Detroit Free-Press. Those players include: Al Alburquerque, J.D. Martinez, Rick Porcello and David Price.

Report: Marlins checking in on Tigers SPs David Price, Rick Porcello


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/25/2014) Just a week removed from signing Giancarlo Stanton to a mega $325 million contract extension, the Marlins could be looking to add another big piece this offseason. The Marlins have reached out to the Tigers about the availability of pitchers David Price or Rick Porcello, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports. However at this point, talks between the two sides don't appear to be serious.

Price is under contract through 2015 with the Tigers. He went 15-12 with a 3.26 ERA in 34 starts, 11 of which came for Detroit in 2014. Porcello is scheduled to be a free agent in 2016. He went 15-13 with 3.43 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP in 32 games (31 starts) in 2014.


Max Scherzer to start ALDS opener for Tigers


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus announced Max Scherzer will start the first game of the AL Division Series. He will be followed by Justin Verlander, David Price and Rick Porcello in the rotation.

Rick Porcello knocked around Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello was knocked around Friday against the Twins.

Porcello allowed six runs, four earned, on six hits over 3 2/3 innings. He struck out six and walked three during the outing. Minnesota was able to get to Porcello early. After giving up a double to open the frame, Porcello gave up a run on a single to the next hitter. After getting two outs, Porcello gave up a two-run shot to Oswaldo Arcia. Brian Dozier would add a solo home run in the third. Dozier struck again in the fourth inning. With two men on, Dozier reached on an error, allowing two runs to come home. Both runs were unearned.

With the loss, Porcello dropped to 15-13. 


Rick Porcello has rare sub-quality start


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/21/2014) Heading into Sunday's game against the Royals, Rick Porcello had notched 21 quality starts in 29 tries, but he fell short in the Tigers' 5-2 loss. Porcello lasted only 3 1/3 innings for his third-shortest start of the season, and he allowed four runs on nine hits and two walks. He also struck out only one batter.

Porcello is slated to make one final start, as he is scheduled to face the Twins on Friday. He will enter that contest with a 15-12 record and a 3.31 ERA.


Rick Porcello allows two runs in no-decision vs. Twins


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello didn't factor into the decision Tuesday, giving up two earned runs on seven hits and two walks in eight innings while striking out five in his team's 4-3 loss to the Twins.

Porcello remains winless in four straight outings, though he's delivered quality starts three times during that stretch. The damage Tuesday came on an RBI single in the fourth inning and a solo home run in the sixth, and the starter needed just 103 pitches to get through eight frames. Porcello owns a 3.19 ERA and 122:36 K:BB ratio in 197 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the White Sox Monday.


Rick Porcello loses despite strong start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello posted a strong start Wednesday against the Royals.

Porcello allowed two runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out seven and did not issue any walks during the outing. Porcello got himself in trouble in the fourth. After getting an out to open the frame, Porcello allowed three straight singles, including a run-scoring hit. After a mound visit, Porcello picked up the second out of the frame. Another single brought in the other run. Porcello was then able to work his way out of the inning, but the damage had already been done.

With the loss, Porcello dropped to 15-11. He’ll take on the Twins in his next start.


Rick Porcello struggles during rain-shortened start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello struggled during a rain-shortened start Friday.

Porcello allowed six runs, five earned, on 10 hits over three innings. He struck out one and walked one during the outing. Porcello found himself in trouble immediately. After a leadoff single, Porcello made a throwing error on a pickoff attempt, which led to the runner reaching second. A single brought that run home later in the inning. The second inning was even more problematic. Porcello gave up a triple and two singles to open the inning. After a sac bunt moved the two remaining runners into scoring position, a ground out and a single brought them home. Porcello would go on to allow two additional runs in the third inning. 

With the loss, Porcello dropped to 15-10. He’ll take on the Royals in his next start. 


Rick Porcello takes step back vs. White Sox


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2014) Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello took a step back on Sunday against the White Sox, dropping to 15-9 on the season. The right-hander permitted six runs -- three earned -- on 11 hits and one walk over 6 2/3 innings while striking out a seven in his team's 6-2 defeat.

Over his last three starts covering 23 2/3 innings, Porcello has allowed five earned runs. He owns a 3.10 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP over 180 innings. His next start will come Friday at home against San Francisco.