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Rick Porcello | Starting Pitcher

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (26) / 12/27/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Rick Porcello was tagged for six runs in seven innings by the Twins in Wednesday's loss.
Porcello surrendered two homers for the fourth time already this year. That's tied for the most multihomer games he's given up since 2009. Still, he might have gotten away with the homers if not for a fluky three-run third inning today. The rally started with a walk on a pitch that looked like strike-three and the big blow was a little blooper from Torii Hunter that barely landed fair over the first-base big, resulting in a two-run single. May 27 - 3:57 PM

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Rick Porcello was tagged for seven runs over 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Angels on Friday.

It was his shortest outing of the season. Porcello gave up two runs over the first four innings before coming unglued in the fifth, which ended up being a nine-run inning for the Angels. The final run was charged to him after he was pulled from the ballgame. His ERA jumped from 4.26 to 5.07 with the clunker. He'll try to wipe the slate clean with a start against the Twins on the road next week.
May 23 - 12:15 AM

Rick Porcello held the Mariners to two runs over 6 2/3 innings Saturday in a 4-2 win for the Red Sox.

Porcello gave up solo jacks to Brad Miller in the first and fifth innings, but he was otherwise dominant. The right-hander struck out six batters while moving to 4-2 on the year with a 4.26 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, and 44/13 K/BB ratio in 50 2/3 innings. He'll try to stay hot next week against the Angels.
May 17 - 12:12 AM

Rick Porcello gave up three runs in five innings, taking a no-decision as the Red Sox won 5-4 in 11 innings against the Athletics on Monday.

The Athletics scored exactly one run in each of the third, fourth, and fifth innings to take Porcello out of the running for a win. He gave up nine hits overall and walked one while striking out three. The right-hander's numbers aren't what the Red Sox expected, as he owns a 4.50 ERA with a 1.32 WHIP and a 38/11 K/BB ratio in 44 innings. Porcello will look for better results his next time out, when he faces the Mariners at Safeco Field.
May 12 - 2:14 AM

Rick Porcello scattered eight hits over seven scoreless innings to pick up the win versus the Rays on Tuesday.

All eight hits were singles. As he didn't issue any walks and struck out six, he made it difficult for the Rays to do much of anything with an extra-base hit. The Red Sox entered Tuesday's action with the AL's worst starting rotation ERA at 5.73, so they badly needed Porcello's strong outing. Porcello now has a 4.38 ERA with a 1.23 WHIP and a 35/10 K/BB ratio in 39 innings. He'll look for more of the same when he takes on the Athletics in Oakland next.
May 5 - 10:06 PM

Rick Porcello held the Blue Jays to one run and two hits in seven innings to win Wednesday.

Porcello retired 13 batters in a row at one point, and he pitched his way out of a little jam in the seventh to end one of the best nights for a Red Sox starter this season. Porcello has a 5.34 ERA, but his 1.25 WHIP and 29/10 K/BB ratio in 32 innings are more encouraging.
Apr 29 - 11:01 PM

Rick Porcello rebounded from his worst start of the season on Friday, holding the Orioles to four runs over six innings.

Four runs in six innings rarely qualifies as a "rebound," but in Porcello's case, it looks a lot better than the eight runs in five innings he surrendered last time he faced the Orioles. In Friday's contest, he struck out seven and walked two while scattering six hits. The Orioles got on the board via a two-run homer by Jimmy Paredes in the fourth inning, then added a solitary run in the sixth. Porcello started the seventh inning but got himself into a jam with no outs, which eventually led to a sacrifice fly by Everth Cabrera off Craig Breslow to finish the scoring on Porcello's line. The 26-year-old right-hander's 6.48 ERA and 1.44 WHIP should fall closer to his career 4.34 as the season goes along. He'll return to Fenway to face the Blue Jays in his next start.
Apr 24 - 11:58 PM

Rick Porcello was hammered for eight earned runs in five innings Sunday as the Red Sox fell to the Orioles.

Porcello gave up two runs in the first inning, one run in the second, another two in the fifth, and then three in the sixth. He surrendered 12 hits in all and walked three Baltimore batters, watching his WHIP balloon from 0.93 to 1.47. The 26-year-old right-hander had been off to a decent start with his new team, but he'll carry an ugly 1-2 record and 6.63 ERA into his next outing on the road against these same Orioles.
Apr 19 - 4:59 PM

Rick Porcello allowed four runs -- three earned -- across eight innings in Monday's 9-4 victory over the Nationals.

Porcello was hurt by a pair of home runs, but he yielded just four hits overall, walking only one and struck out six. It's the second straight quality start for the right-hander, and he possesses a nice 0.93 WHIP to go along with his 3.86 ERA. The owner of a new long-term contract, Porcello will try to keep it going this weekend at home against the Orioles.
Apr 13 - 7:16 PM

Rick Porcello was handed a loss in his Red Sox debut after giving up three runs in six innings against the Phillies.

Porcello was really quite sharp, getting grounder after grounder. It was just unfortunate for him that one of his worst pitches of the night followed a Darin Ruf walk that included a couple of borderline pitches and a grounder through the 4-3 hole that wouldn't have existed had the first baseman not been holding on Ruf. Jeff Francoeur followed with a homer, and that's all the Phillies would need.
Apr 8 - 10:25 PM

Red Sox signed RHP Rick Porcello to a four-year, $82.5 million contract extension.

The club made the announcement after their win over the Phillies on Monday. The extension will keep Porcello, who is making $12.5 million this season, with Boston through 2019. The sinkerballer has yet to throw a regular season pitch for the Red Sox, but obviously the club is bullish on the 26-year-old going forward. He'll start on Wednesday in Philadelphia.
Apr 6 - 7:41 PM

Rick Porcello reaffirmed Sunday that he will not discuss a contract extension with the Red Sox during the 2015 season.

The two sides did not come to an agreement during the spring, so the 26-year-old will hit free agency upon completion of the 2015 campaign. Some players tend to perform better in contract years, so perhaps the added motivation will propel the right-hander to new heights in his first season in Boston.
Apr 5 - 11:11 PM

Rick Porcello spun four innings of one-run ball Thursday against the Twins in his final Grapefruit League outing.

The right-hander yielded five hits, struck out three and didn't walk anyone. Porcello has looked good in his first spring training with the Red Sox, posting a 2.57 ERA with 11 strikeouts over 14 innings. He has a chance to be Boston's best starter this season.
Apr 2 - 10:50 PM

Rick Porcello pitched five innings of two-run ball against the Cardinals on Monday.

Porcello got all of his work in despite the game being called after 4 1/2 innings due to rain. He allowed six hits, walked one and struck out five.
Mar 23 - 3:38 PM

Rick Porcello yielded one run in four innings Wednesday as the Red Sox beat a Twins split-squad 3-2.

Porcello has a 2.70 ERA after three spring starts. He's lined up to be Boston's No. 2 starter behind Clay Buchholz.
Mar 18 - 4:09 PM

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