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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%: 80/47 | Average Draft Position: 166.59
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Red Sox SP Rick Porcello gets knocked around on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/27/2015) Red Sox starter Rick Porcello struggled again in Wednesday's loss to the Twins. The right-hander went seven innings, allowing six runs on seven hits. He walked two and struck out two, giving up runs in the third, fourth and sixth innings. 

Porcello (4-4) gave up a two-run home run to Aaron Hicks in the fourth and a solo shot to Eddie Rosario in the sixth. Over his last two starts, Porcello has surrendered 13 runs on 14 hits and his ERA now sits at 5.37.

"I got beat by two walks and two home runs. That was it," said Porcello, per MLB.com. "The walks were big. Both of those walks ended up scoring, and then two pitches in the middle of the plate."

He'll look to get back on track in his next start, scheduled for Monday against these same Twins.


Red Sox P Rick Porcello rocked in loss to Angels


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello allowed seven earned runs during Friday night's 12-5 loss to the Angels. 

Porcello was only able to go 4 1/3 innings, with his appearance in the fifth inning a particular disaster for him. Five of the nine runs that inning were credited to Porcello. Porcello struck out four batters while walking three. 

Porcello has now struck out 10 batters over the past two games. He now has an ERA of 5.07 this season. 

His next start is projected for May 27 against the Twins. 


Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello strikes out six in win on Saturday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/17/2015) Red Sox starter Rick Porcello gave up two runs, both via home runs, on five hits in 6 2/3 innings Saturday in Boston's 4-2 win over the Mariners.

"I feel good," Porcello said, per MLB.com. "I feel like I have a good fastball. It changes throughout the course of the season, from year to year. Some years you've got more behind it, and this year I feel that way, so we're using the fastball more."

The two home runs were both hit by designated hitter Brad Miller.

Porcello returns to the mound for his next start Friday against the Angels.


Red Sox SP Rick Porcello surrenders nine hits Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello allowed three runs on nine hits over five innings of work during Monday’s 5-4, 11-inning win over the Athletics.

Porcello struck out three batters and walked one during the outing. He received a no-decision for his effort and his ERA went from 4.38 to 4.50 after the outing. Porcello has pitched at least five innings in all seven of his starts this season.

His next expected start is set for Saturday at Seattle.


Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello notches third win of the season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello tossed seven scoreless innings, scattering eight hits in Boston's 2-0 win over the Rays on Tuesday.

Porcello was able to work out of a couple of jams after putting runners on base. In the fourth inning, Porcello put runners on first and second, but forced Logan Forsythe to line out into a double play. He would finish the inning by striking out Asdrubal Cabrera. Porcello totaled six strikeouts with no walks in the appearance.

Porcello, now 3-2, lowered his ERA to 4.38 and will look to keep rolling Monday against the Athletics.


Red Sox's Rick Porcello allows one run in win vs. Blue Jays


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello earned a win Wednesday, giving up one earned run on just two hits and two walks in seven innings while striking out six in his team's 4-1 victory over the Blue Jays.

Porcello (2-2) surrendered his only run on a fielder's choice with the bases loaded in the second inning but was able to get a double play to end the inning before any more runs could cross the plate. He then delivered perfect frames in his next four innings before giving up a single and a walk in the seventh but stranding a runner at third.

"He gave us exactly what we needed, seven strong innings," Boston manager John Farrell said. "As much as we talked about starters setting the tone, Rick did exactly that tonight."

Porcello's win Wednesday was his best start of the season, and he now owns a 5.34 ERA and 29:10 K:BB ratio in 32 innings. He'll square off with the Rays next week.


Red Sox SP Rick Porcello strikes out seven in no-decision vs. O's


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello allowed four runs on six hits and two walks during a no-decision Friday at Baltimore. He struck out seven batters in six-plus innings.

Porcello struck out the first five batters he faced and didn't allowed a base runner until Caleb Joseph's one out walk in the third inning.

The game was scoreless until Jimmy Paredes hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning. The Red Sox went ahead 4-2 in the top of the fifth before Everth Cabrera had an RBI single off Porcello in the bottom of the fifth.

Porcello was lifted after allowing a Chris Davis walk and Delmon Young single to open the seventh inning. Davis would eventually score to tie the game and take away the win from Porcello, who is 1-2 through four starts.

The right-hander will be back on the mound Wednesday vs. Toronto.


Red Sox SP Rick Porcello hoping to get back to basics Friday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) In an effort to lessen his pitch count to allow him to pitch deeper into games, Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello said he's done tinkering with his pitches and hopes to establish his groundball more, reports the Boston Herald.

"Everything at any given point has felt good or felt inconsistent," Porcello said. "I think the most important thing is to get back to strike one, going from there. I've been trying to do a lot of different things. I just need to get back to basics and keep the ball down."

Porcello allowed eight runs to the Orioles in his last start and he is set to start Friday's game at Baltimore.

Manager John Farrell said he would like to see the pitching staff rely more on their strengths.

"It's back to the basics of pitching," Farrell said."This isn't about coming in with a new pitch, or identifying a certain sequence or a certain hitter in a lineup. It's about going out and pitching to your capabilities."


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.