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Rick Porcello | Starting Pitcher | #22

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (28) / 12/27/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 1 (27) / DET
Contract: view contract details

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Rick Porcello coughed up five runs in four innings but the Red Sox beat the Twins 12-5 on Saturday.
The defending Cy Young Award winner gave up a whopping nine hits and three walks and failed to strike out a batter. He has an 8.10 ERA through 10 innings of Grapefruit League action. There is no reason to worry as he is likely just working off some rust in preparation for the regular season. He went 22-4 with a 3.15 ERA and 189 strikeouts in 223 innings to bring home the hardware last year. He has already been designated the Red Sox' starter on Opening Day. Mar 18 - 6:33 PM

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Red Sox manager John Farrell announced Wednesday that Rick Porcello will be the Opening Day starter.

Yes, the Red Sox have Chris Sale, but it's a reward for Porcello's Cy Young Award-winning campaign. Farrell said he informed Porcello of his decision way back on the first day of camp.
Mar 15 - 11:51 AM

X-rays on Rick Porcello's right thumb turned up negative.

Porcello was struck in the hand by a grounder during his Grapefruit League start Wednesday against the Mets and still had some swelling Thursday morning. He's in line to pitch in an intrasquad game Monday, but the Red Sox could push that back as a precautionary measure.
Source: ESPN Boston
Mar 9 - 10:23 AM

Rick Porcello gave up four runs in three-plus innings Wednesday against the Mets.

This is more the spring training Porcello we've come to expect, not the one who pitched three scoreless innings in his debut last Friday. Porcello had a 9.77 ERA in four starts last spring before his Cy Young campaign.
Mar 8 - 5:09 PM

Rick Porcello fanned four while working three scoreless innings Friday against the Braves.

Porcello was making his first official outing of the spring today. He's had really poor results in two of the last three Grapefruit League campaigns, including last year, when he had a 9.77 ERA in four starts before having a pretty good year for Boston.
Mar 3 - 5:16 PM

Rick Porcello, who was on the provisional roster, declined an invitation to play for the United States in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

The reigning American League Cy Young Award winner wants to instead focus on building up his arm strength and preparing for the regular season. The 28-year-old finally put it all together in his second season with the Red Sox, going 22-4 with a sparkling 3.15 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 189/32 K/BB ratio across 223 innings.
Jan 21 - 10:09 AM

Rick Porcello was named as the winner of the American League Comeback Player of the Year Award on Tuesday.

The award is officially sanctioned by MLB and was voted on by the 30 club beat reporters from Porcello missed some time with triceps inflammation in 2015 and finished with a disappointing 4.92 ERA over 28 starts during his first season with the Red Sox, but he won the AL Cy Young Award this year after posting a 3.15 ERA and 189/32 K/BB ratio over 223 innings while winning 22 games.
Tue, Nov 29, 2016 03:24:00 PM

Rick Porcello told WEEI that he will not pitch for Team USA in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

"My loyalty is first and foremost to the Boston Red Sox," said the 2016 American League Cy Young Award winner. Porcello, a native of Morristown, New Jersey, went 22-4 with a 3.15 ERA, 1.009 WHIP, and 189/32 K/BB ratio in 223 innings this past season for the American League East champions.
Thu, Nov 17, 2016 03:55:00 PM

Rick Porcello was named the winner of the 2016 American League Cy Young Award.

Porcello narrowly edged out Justin Verlander, with Corey Kluber finishing third. Verlander actually received more first-place votes from the BBWAA than Porcello -- 14-8 -- but the Red Sox hurler made up that difference in his second-place votes, coming out with the weightier ballot overall. The 27-year-old right-hander is the first Red Sox pitcher to win the Cy Young since Pedro Martinez in 2000. Porcello finished the 2016 campaign the owner of a 22-4 record and having pitched to a 3.15 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 189/32 K/BB ratio over 223 innings. This was by far his best season in the majors, as he had posted ERA's higher than 4.00 in five of seven seasons prior to blasting those past numbers away in 2016.
Wed, Nov 16, 2016 07:03:00 PM

Rick Porcello was named the winner of the 2016 Players Choice Award for AL Outstanding Pitcher.

Entering the past campaign, Porcello had registered an ERA north of 4.00 in five of seven major league seasons. Included in that lot, a 4.92 ERA in 2015. He blew that history out of the water this past year, though, posting a 3.15 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and 189/32 K/BB ratio over a career-high 223 innings.
Wed, Nov 9, 2016 08:27:00 PM

Rick Porcello is listed as the ALDS Game 4 starter for the Red Sox.

Clay Buchholz will try to keep Boston alive in the best-of-five series with his start in Monday's postponed Game 3. Porcello was lit up for five runs in 4 1/3 innings in Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday at Cleveland's Progressive Field. Game 4 is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon at Fenway Park.
Mon, Oct 10, 2016 02:17:00 PM

Rick Porcello told manager John Farrell he's "available for whatever he needs me for."

Porcello isn't slated to start again until Game 5 but with the Red Sox fighting for their playoff lives, "it's all hands on deck," according to Farrell. If Porcello appears in Sunday's Game 3, he'll be pitching on only three days' rest. Porcello's 72-pitch outing on Thursday was his shortest of the season. Clay Buchholz will be Boston's starter for Game 3.
Sat, Oct 8, 2016 06:29:00 PM

Rick Porcello was tagged for five runs in 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Indians in Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday.

This was the first time since July 24 that Porcello allowed more than three runs in a start. The third inning was especially problematic, as he gave up solo homers to Roberto Perez, Jason Kipnis, and Francisco Lindor. It was the first time in his career that he gave up three homers in an inning. This was also the first time all season that he didn’t last five innings in a start.
Thu, Oct 6, 2016 11:50:00 PM

The Red Sox announced Sunday that Rick Porcello will start Game 1 of the ALDS against the Indians.

David Price has the $217 million contract, but Porcello has been the team's most consistent starter this season and it's no surprise he's getting the ball in Game 1. Porcello will square off against Trevor Bauer, with Price and Corey Kluber following them in Game 2. The Red Sox didn't announce their Game 3 and (if necessary) Game 4 starters, but Eduardo Rodriguez and Clay Buchholz are the obvious choices.
Sun, Oct 2, 2016 12:56:00 PM

Rick Porcello gave up three runs over six innings in a no-decision against the Blue Jays on Friday.

Porcello held the Blue Jays scoreless over the first four innings before giving up three runs in the fifth, including a two-run homer to Jose Bautista. He was in line for his fifth loss, but the Red Sox battled back to take him off the hook. The 27-year-old will finish the regular season at 22-4 with a 3.15 ERA and 189/32 K/BB ratio in 223 innings. He’s squarely in the mix for the American League Cy Young Award.
Fri, Sep 30, 2016 11:47:00 PM

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