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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: 6 | Salary: $5,100,000 | Owned/Started%: 92/65 | Average Draft Position: 165.67
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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 | CBSSports.com
(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.

Rick Porcello goes eight strong Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello turned in an excellent start Tuesday against the Yankees. 

Porcello gave up two runs on nine hits over eight innings. He struck out two and did not issue any walks during the start. Porcello had his sinker going throughout the start, notching 14 ground ball outs. He got off to a strong start to open the game, tossing four scoreless innings to open the game. Both runs against Porcello came on solo home runs. In the fifth inning, Jacoby Ellsbury clubbed a shot out to right field. Ellsbury would strike again in the eighth, hitting another solo home run. 

With the win, Porcello improved to 15-8. He'll take on the White Sox in his next start. 


Rick Porcello tosses complete game shutout


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello tossed a complete game shutout against the Rays Wednesday.

Porcello allowed just three hits during the outing. He struck out four and did not issue any walks. Porcello threw 104 pitches. Porcello gave up a double in the second inning, but was able to work around it. He did not allow a hit or walk over the next five innings. Porcello allowed a leadoff single in the eighth, but again managed to work his way out of trouble. The third hit came in the ninth inning. Desmond Jennings reached second on defensive indifference, but Porcello was able to get Matt Joyce to pop out and end the game. 

With the win, Porcello improved to 14-8. He'll take on the Yankees in his next start.


Rick Porcello proves to be hittable Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello proved to be hittable Friday against the Mariners.

Porcello allowed six runs, five earned, on 10 hits over six innings of work. He struck out three and did not issue any walks during the outing. Seattle got things started in the second inning. The first five hitters reached against Porcello during the inning. He got the sixth batter to ground into a double-play, but that also brought in a run. To open the third, Robinson Cano hit a solo shot against Porcello. The Mariners also managed to tack on runs in both the fourth and fifth innings.

With the loss, Porcello fell to 13-8. He'll take on the Rays in his next start. 


Rick Porcello takes the loss in emergency relief appearance in extras


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2014) Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello made an emergency relief appearance and took the loss in a 19-inning marathon against the Blue Jays in Toronto, dropping to 13-7 on the year.

After pitching on Thursday, Porcello entered the game Sunday in the 17th and allowed a walkoff single to Jose Bautista in the 19th to end the game. He allowed one run on three hits and two walks over two innings of work. Of his 36 pitches, 22 were strikes.

Porcello could be pushed back in the rotation, as he was initially scheduled to start Tuesday in Pittsburgh.

Rick Porcello comes out on wrong side of pitcher's duel


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello twirled an absolute gem Thursday, but came out on the wrong side of a 1-0 loss to the Yankees.

Porcello allowed just one run, on a fourth-inning double by Stephen Drew, but that was enough o sink him as he was outdueled in the loss. He scattered nine hits over seven innings, while striking out five batters and walking none on 110 pitches.

Porcello fell to 13-6 in his first loss in over a month. He carried a 3.09 ERA into his next outing, set for Tuesday in Pittsburgh.  


Rick Porcello Ks season-high 10 in win over Colorado


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2014) Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello put together another dominant outing and bounced back with the win Saturday night at home against Colorado. The right-hander permitted two runs on five hits and two walks over eight innings while striking out a season-high 10 in his team's 11-5 victory.

The win improved him to 13-5 on the year, leaving him one win away from matching his career high in a season. He owns a 3.18 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP over 21 starts (141 1/3 innings). He will look to stay sharp Thursday in New York against the Yankees.