"THE FUTURE AIN'T WHAT IT USED TO BE"
Rick Porcello beats his old team and Verlander

July 24, 2015 ... Xander Bogaerts may have given the Red Sox a 2-1 walkoff win in the 11th inning, but the game reached that point largely thanks to a pitcher's duel between two former teammates, Rick Porcello and Justin Verlander.

Porcello had one of his strongest starts of the season in his first game against his former team, going seven innings and giving up just one run on five hits. He also struck out six and didn't surrender a walk. Meanwhile, he said the motivation was just to get Boston back in the win column after eight straight losses with seven since the All-Star break.

Verlander, who came in 0-3 with a 6.62 ERA, also shined with his longest outing of the season, going eight innings and giving up one run on seven hits with no walks and three strikeouts.

Verlander and Porcello played together in Detroit from 2009 to 2014 before Porcello was traded to Boston last December for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and right-handers Alex Wilson and Gabe Speier. In April, Porcello and the Red Sox agreed to a four-year, $82.5 million contract extension. But he's struggled this season. Even after this outing, he has a 5.51 ERA and 5-10 record on the season.

Alex Avila, Porcello's former catcher, went 1 for 3 against him Friday. He said it was a little strange to face Porcello and that the two will talk at some point during the weekend.

Porcello is in the middle of his worst season since 2010, when he had a 4-8 record and 5.55 ERA on July 24. He finished that year 10-12 with a 4.92 ERA.

 

 

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R

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E

 
 

DETROIT TIGERS

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

1

7

0

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

 

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W-Justin Masterson (4-2)
L-Blaine Hardy (3-2)
Attendance - 37,650

 2B-Iglesias (Det)

 3B-Kinsler (Det)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

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AVG

 

 

Mookie Betts cf 4 1 0 .264  

 

Brock Holt 2b 4 0 1 .284  

 

Xander Bogaerts ss 5 0 3 .310  

 

Pablo Sandoval 3b 4 0 0 .257  

 

Hanley Ramirez lf 4 0 1 .263  

 

Mike Napoli 1b 4 0 1 .206  

 

Alejandro De Aza lf 4 0 1 .258  

 

Shane Victorino rf 4 1 1 .247  

 

Ryan Hanigan c 4 0 1 .221  

 

               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Rick Porcello 7 5 1 0 6  
  Junichi Tazawa 1 1 0 0 1  
  Koji Uehara 2 0 0 0 2  
  Justin Masterson 1 1 0 1 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

2015 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

New York Yankees

53 42 -

 

 

Tampa Bay Rays

49 49 5 1/2

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays

49 49 5 1/2

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

46 49 7

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

43

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