BOSTON -- Rick Porcello has a good-sized bruise on his left leg from the Joe Mauer comebacker, but that's about the extent of his damage from what he admitted was an interesting Sunday outing. He has no after-effects from catching a cleat and slipping off the mound at Minnesota, either.
Porcello is scheduled to start off the Tigers' upcoming homestand Friday night against the Yankees, and he hopes Sunday's effort was a building block.
"I was able to keep us in the game," he said.
Porcello gave up three runs on nine hits over six innings, with three walks and two strikeouts. It marked his first quality start in four outings. It also marked his best ratio of groundouts (13) to flyouts (10) in five outings since May 1. By comparison, he had twice as many flyouts (12) than groundouts (six) in his previous start at Cleveland last week.