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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%: 94/69 | Average Draft Position: 218.42
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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.

Rick Porcello goes seven strong in no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello twirled a gem but was unable to factor into the decision Sunday, allowing one unearned run on five hits in seven innings while striking out six and walking none in his team's 2-1 defeat against the Angels.

Over his last three starts covering 21 innings, Porcello has allowed only four earned runs. He owns a 3.24 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP over 20 starts (133 1/3 innings). He will look to get back in the win column Saturday at home against Colorado.

Rick Porcello surrenders three runs in no-decision Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello didn't factor into the decision Tuesday, giving up three earned runs on five hits in seven innings while striking out five and walking none in his team's 5-4 defeat against the Diamondbacks.

Porcello, who was in line to take sole possession of the major-league lead in wins before the bullpen blew the lead, surrendered all three runs on Aaron Hill at-bats: one on a solo home run, the second on a sacrifice fly and the third on a groundout. He owns a 3.42 ERA and 72:28 K:BB ratio in 126 1/3 innings. Porcello is scheduled to face the Angels Sunday.


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.