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Rick Porcello

LAKELAND, FL - MARCH 10: Pitcher Rick Porcello #21 of the Detroit Tigers starts against the Washington Nationals March 10, 2013 at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Rick Porcello Named Tigers 5th Starter

There were three big stories at Tigers Spring Training coming into this season.

97.1 The Ticket–03/26/2013

LAKELAND, FL - MARCH 10:  Pitcher Rick Porcello #21 of the Detroit Tigers starts against the Washington Nationals  March 10, 2013 at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Is Rick Porcello Turning A Corner?

He’s striking out a batter per inning, while still having not issued a walk through four spring starts.

CBS Detroit–03/21/2013

Rick Porcello #48 of the Detroit Tigers. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Porcello Throws 5 Shutout Innings, Tigers Top Nats

Porcello gave up three hits and struck out four. He has fanned 14 without a walk this spring, and has a 2.08 ERA.

97.1 The Ticket–03/10/2013

SEATTLE, WA - MAY 09:  Starting pitcher Drew Smyly #33 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on May 9, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Drew Smyly

Sit Tight On Porcello, Smyly

Remember Rick Porcello? That tall lanky kid who was a pitcher for the Tigers, he wore #48? He’s gone.

97.1 The Ticket–03/08/2013

MESA, AZ - FEBRUARY 18: Carlos Marmol #49 poses during Chicago Cubs photo day on February 18, 2013 at HoHoKam Park in Mesa, Arizona. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Report: Tigers, Others Looking At Cubs’ Carlos Marmol

Several teams, including the Detroit Tigers, are looking at Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol, according to ESPNChicago.com’s Bruce Levine.

97.1 The Ticket–03/06/2013

Starting pitcher Rick Porcello  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Report: Rangers Ask About Tigers’ Rick Porcello

The Texas Rangers asked about Detroit Tigers right-handed pitcher Rick Porcello on Monday, according to ESPNNewYork.com’s Adam Rubin.

97.1 The Ticket–03/05/2013

CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 22: Manager manager Jim Leyland #10 takes starting pitcher Rick Porcello #48 of the Detroit Tigers out of the game during the sixth inning after he gave up two runs at Progressive Field on May 22, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Tigers’ Porcello Sharp For 4 Innings In Win

Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland has plenty of hitting at his disposal and a top-notch starting rotation. His bullpen, though, could be a problem.

97.1 The Ticket–03/05/2013

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - FEBRUARY 22: Rick Porcello #21 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the first inning during the game against the Atlanta Braves on February 22, 2013 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The Tigers defeated the Braves 2-1. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Braves’ Hudson, Tigers’ Porcello Allow Long Homers

Tim Hudson allowed a long home run to Prince Fielder, but Juan Francisco’s three-run shot off Rick Porcello helped the Atlanta Braves to a 5-3 victory Wednesday.

97.1 The Ticket–02/27/2013

Rick Porcello #21 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the first inning during the game against the Atlanta Braves on February 22, 2013 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Getty Images/Leon Halip)

Porcello Throws 2 Scoreless Innings In Opening Exhibition Game For Tigers

Both starters – Hudson and Detroit’s Rick Porcello – threw two scoreless innings.

97.1 The Ticket–02/23/2013

Rick Porcello on the mound for the Detroit Tigers. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Still With Tigers, Porcello Faces Uncertain Role

It feels like ages ago when Rick Porcello took the mound as Detroit’s starter in a one-game playoff against Minnesota for the 2009 AL Central title.

97.1 The Ticket–01/28/2013

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