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21 Rick Porcello SP
Height/Weight: 6-5/200 | Birthdate: 12/27/1988 | Birthplace: Morristown, NJ | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Detroit | College: No College | MLB Experience: 6 | Salary: $5,100,000 | Owned/Started%: 94/80 | Average Draft Position: 218.08
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Tigers set rotation following All-Star break


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) The Tigers set their rotation for after the All-Star break. Anibal Sanchez will face the Indians on Friday, and Max Scherzer will pitch one of Saturday's doubleheader games. Drew Smyly will face Cleveland on Sunday. Detroit has not announced who will pitch the other Saturday game.

Then Justin Verlander and Rick Porcello will throw July 21 and July 22 at Arizona.


Rick Porcello improves to 12-5 in final start before the break


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) Tigers starter Rick Porcello turned in a terrific outing on Saturday against the Royals in Kansas City, improving to 12-5 on the year. The right-hander surrendered one run on six hits and three walks while striking out three over seven innings of a 5-1 win.

Porcello enters the All-Star break with a 3.39 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP over 18 starts (119 1/3 innings). The Tigers have yet to announce their post-break pitching plans, so his next start remains uncertain.

Chris Sale earns final AL All-Star spot


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) White Sox starter Chris Sale has been named to the American League All-Star team, beating out pitchers Garrett Richards, Rick Porcello, Corey Kluber, Dallas Keuchel for the final spot. Sale is 8-1 with a 2.08 ERA, a 0.84 WHIP and 102:16 K:BB ratio over 14 starts (95 innings).

Rick Porcello gets obliterated by the Rays


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) Tigers starter Rick Porcello was completely obliterated by the Rays Sunday night, dropping to 11-5 on the year. The right-hander permitted seven runs on 11 hits and one walk while striking out two over 5 2/3 innings of a 7-3 defeat.

Porcello allowed his first earned run since June 16. His ERA ballooned from 3.12 to 3.53 after his abysmal outing. He will look to pick up the pieces Saturday at Kansas City.


Nasty sinker key to Rick Porcello's streak


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) Tigers starter Rick Porcello has not allowed a run over his last 25 1/3 innings, and catcher Bryan Holaday credits Porcello's sinker.

"There’s a lot of frustrated mumbling" in the batter’s box," Holaday told MLive.com. "It’s nasty, it’s really late, it just explodes down. Some guys throw a two-seamer that runs and they call it a sinker. But Rick’s is a true sinker. It looks like it’s going to be straight and the last 10 feet it just drops, sometimes from a guy’s knees down to the ground."

Holaday said the sinker is devastating for a hitter because "one, you can’t lay off it and, two, if you swing, it misses your bat. Especially the one that starts right at them and then runs back over the plate."

Porcello is 11-4 with a 3.12 ERA entering Sunday's start against the Rays.


Rick Porcello throws complete game without a strikeout


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello wasn't missing many bats Tuesday, but it ultimately did not matter as he tossed his second complete-game shutout in a row in a 3-0 win over the Athletics.

Porcello ended up striking out no batters for just the seventh time in his career as a starter, but he induced consistent weak contact to cruise through the start. He needed just 95 pitches to finish the game off, while allowing four hits and walking none as he faced the minimum.

Porcello now has a 25 1/3-inning scoreless going, dating back to his start against the Twins June 15. He has allowed no runs over his last three starts, all wins, and heads into his start against the Rays Sunday with an 11-4 record and 3.12 ERA. 


Rick Porcello dominates in complete-game win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2014) Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello finished off his second career complete game Thursday, in a 6-0 win over the Rangers.

Porcello shut the Rangers' offense down in the start, allowing just three hits and three walks over nine scoreless innings. He struck out six batters while picking up 16 ground ball outs on 115 pitches in finishing off the game.

Porcello improved his record to 10-4 with his second straight win, while lowering his ERA to 3.41 through 97 2/3 innings. His next start is set for Tuesday against the A's. 


Rick Porcello picks up first June win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2014) Tigers starter Rick Porcello ended his three-start winless streak Friday, with a 6-4 victory over the Indians.

Porcello tossed six shutout innings in the game, the first time all season he has gone without an earned run allowed. Porcello scattered six hits in the start along with one walk, while striking out three batters and picking up 10 of 18 outs via the ground ball.

Porcello earned the win to push his record to 9-4, though it was his first win in the month of June. He carries a 3.76 ERA into his next outing, set for Thursday in Texas.   


Rick Porcello can't come up with a win Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello had an average start Sunday, and wound up with a no decision.

Porcello did turn in a quality start, giving up three earned runs over seven innings of work. While he only allowed five hits during the outing, he had some trouble with control, walking three batters. Porcello notched three strikeouts during the start.

Porcello was actually pitching a shutout until the sixth inning. Things briefly fell apart, as he allowed two doubles and two singles, scoring all three runs. Despite those issues, Porcello came back for the seventh inning, and retired the side with a perfect inning. 

Porcello's next start is slated to come against the Indians.


Rick Porcello gets roughed up bu White Sox Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2014) Tigers starter Rick Porcello was hit hard on Monday night against the White Sox in Chicago, dropping to 8-4 on the year. The right-hander coughed up six runs -- five earned -- on nine hits and one walk while striking out four over five innings of a 6-5 defeat.

Over his last four starts covering 23 innings, Porcello has allowed 17 earned runs. He owns a 4.04 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP through 12 starts (75 2/3 innings). He will look to get back on track Saturday at home against Minnesota.

Offense, bullpen let Rick Porcello down in third loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2014) Tigers starter Rick Porcello dropped just his third decision of the season Wednesday, despite tossing seven quality inning in an 8-2 loss to the Blue Jays.

Porcello limited the Blue Jays to three runs in seven innings of work, but lost his chance at a lead when the offense failed to provide any support after the third inning. He scattered six hits and a walk in the outing, while striking out three batters on 108 pitches in the tough loss.

Porcello falls to 8-3 in 11 starts, though he has lost two of his last three starts. He has a 3.69 ERA in 70 2/3 innings of work heading into his next outing, set for Monday against the White Sox. 


Rick Porcello picks up eighth win despite season-high six walks


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2014) Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello had some command issues on Thursday, but still managed to come away with his eighth win of the season Thursday afternoon against the A's.

Porcello (8-2) allowed a two-run home run to Nick Punto in the fourth inning for his only damage of the day. He pitched 5 2/3 innings and yielded two runs on seven hits, with a season-high six walks and four strikeouts. Of his 105 pitches, 64 were strikes in a 5-4 victory.

Over his last two starts covering 11 innings, Porcello has allowed 10 earned runs on 17 hits, with eight walks and six strikeouts. He will look for win No. 9 Wednesday at home against Toronto. He is 3-1 with a 4.21 ERA in four starts.


Rick Porcello slammed for eight runs Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2014) Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello was roughed up in a loss Saturday, giving up eight earned runs on 12 hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings while striking out five in his team's 12-2 loss to the Rangers.

Porcello (7-2) had reeled off four straight starts with two runs or less before Saturday's implosion, which came after he had his start Thursday pushed back due to an issue with his side. He owns a 3.88 ERA and 38:9 K:BB ratio in 58 innings. Porcello is slated to take on the A's Thursday.


Rick Porcello ready to roll for Saturday start


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2014) As expected, Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello has recovered enough from an issue with his side to make his scheduled start Saturday against Texas.

Porcello certainly doesn't want to stop his momentum. He has been one of the surprises of baseball this season with a 2.91 ERA and 7-1 record, which includes six consecutive wins. He has given up just 11 earned runs in his last 39 2/3 innings covering those six starts.

One key has been control. Porcello, who has always boasted good control, has taken it up a notch. He has surrendered just seven walks in 52 2/3 innings this season.


Rick Porcello appears destined to make Saturday start


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2014) Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello, who has been dealing with tightness in his left side that will force him to skip his Thursday start, remains in line to start Saturday against visiting Texas instead.

"He's progressing in a posiitive direction," Brad Ausmus told MLB.com.

Porcello is enjoying by far his best season with a 7-1 record and 2.91 ERA. He is already halfway to his career-best win total.


Rick Porcello has next start pushed back to Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2014) Despite making the start Saturday, Tigers starting pitcher Rick Porcello is still bothered by tightness in his left side, so the team will push his next start back to Saturday against the Rangers, according to MLB.com on Sunday.

Porcello improved to 7-1 on the year after allowing just one run on six hits and a walk in eight innings of work against the Red Sox on Saturday. He owns a 2.91 ERA in 52 2/3 innings of work.

Rick Porcello picks up sixth straight win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2014)  Tigers starting pitcher Rick Porcello continued his strong start to the season Saturday, in a 6-1 win over the Red Sox.

Porcello tossed eight nearly flawless innings, as he made just one mistake that Xander Bogaerts hit for a solo home run. He allowed just one run on six hits and a walk in the game, while striking out four and throwing 71 of 110 pitches for strikes.

Porcello is now 7-1 with a win in six straight starts and counting. He carries a 2.91 ERA into his next start, set for Thursday against the Rangers. 


Rick Porcello set to start Saturday against Red Sox


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2014) An issue with tightness in his side that bothered Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello in his last outing will not prevent him from making his Saturday start in Boston.

Porcello is on a roll. He has given up just 10 earned runs in his last 31 2/3 innings with just four walks and 21 strikeouts. He has won his last five decisions and lowered his ERA to 3.22.


Rick Porcello on track to start Saturday in Boston


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2014) Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello, who felt tightness in his left side during Sunday's win over the Orioles, threw Tuesday and felt fine, reports MLB.com. Porcello is on track to start Saturday in Boston.

Rick Porcello dealing with tightness in his side


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2014) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus told reporters that pitcher Rick Porcello had some tightness in his side during Sunday's 4-1 win over the Orioles, MLB.com reports.

Porcello improved to 6-1 after permitting only one run on five hits and no walks while striking out two in six innings pitched. His status for his next start Saturday at Boston remains uncertain.

Rick Porcello notches sixth in win quality start vs. O's


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2014) Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello put together a quality start on Monday against the Orioles, earning his sixth win of the season in a 4-1 victory in Baltimore. He yielded one run on five hits and no walks while striking out two in six innings pitched.

Porcello (6-1) owns a 3.22 ERA, a 1.03 WHIP and a 29:6 K:BB ratio in 44 2/3 innings pitched. He will make his next start Saturday at Boston.

Rick Porcello notches fifth win Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2014) Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello surrendered just two earned runs on seven hits and two walks in 6 2/3 innings while striking out five in his team's 3-2 win over the Astros Wednesday.

Porcello (5-1) is now in sole possession of second place in the AL in wins with the quality start. The Astros managed a run on a groundout in the third inning and added another on a single in the seventh. Porcello owns a 3.49 ERA and 27:6 K:BB ratio in 38 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Orioles on Monday.


Rick Porcello twirls a gem vs. Royals


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2014) Tigers starting pitcher Rick Porcello dominated the Royals on Friday, scattering two runs on four hits in seven innings to improve to 4-1 on the season. He struck out six and issued no walks in 106 pitches, 71 for strikes.

Porcello improved his ERA from 3.96 to 3.66 following Friday's 8-2 win. He'll make his next start Wednesday at home against Houston. He is 2-0 with a 1.32 ERA in two starts at home this season.


Rick Porcello dealing with minor soreness


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2014) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus told MLB.com that starting pitcher Rick Porcello reported minor soreness on Saturday after taking a glancing blow off his pitching elbow Friday night against the Twins.

Porcello's injury is not considered serious, as he is still expected to make his next scheduled start on Thursday against the White Sox.

"I don't expect it to be an issue going forward long-term, or even near-term," Ausmus said.

Rick Porcello gets help in win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2014) Tigers starting pitcher Rick Porcello wasn't at the top of his game Friday against the Twins, but got plenty of support in a 10-6 win.

Porcello allowed four runs in five-plus innings of work, but was never down, as the Tigers put up 10 runs by the top of the sixth inning. Porcello pitched well until the sixth inning, when he allowed the first three batters to reach base before being pulled, with all scoring.

Porcello was ultimately charged with four runs in five innings of work, on six hits and a walk. He struck out four while throwing 56 of 92 pitches for strikes, and saw his record improve to 3-1.

Porcello has a 3.96 ERA heading into his next start, Thursday against the White Sox.