Monday, April 6, 2015

Porcello set to make Red Sox debut against Phillies

After the Red Sox's revamped lineup cruised to an 8-0 Opening Day win on Monday, Game 2 of this three-game series features two veteran right-handers making debuts for their new team.
Rick Porcello, who is being counted on to be a big part of Boston's starting rotation, will make his first career start for someone other than the Detroit Tigers. The well-traveled Aaron Harang pitched for the Athletics, Reds, Dodgers, Padres, Mariners, Mets and Braves before coming to the Phillies.
Things to know about this game.
• Porcello is coming off a career year, as he established personal bests in wins (15), ERA (3.43) and innings (204 2/3). The righty looked solid during Spring Training, and he has looked comfortable blending in with his new teammates. This is the earliest Porcello has ever pitched in a season. He pitched the fourth game five times for the Tigers and the third game once.
• Harang signed a one-year, $5 million contract this offseason to provide a little more depth to the Phillies' rotation. He became much more important with Cliff Lee's nearly certain season-ending elbow injury. Harang battled back problems early in camp, but he finished the Grapefruit League schedule without further issues. The best-case scenario for the Phillies might be that Harang pitches well and becomes an attractive trade chip before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.
• Red Sox cleanup man Hanley Ramirez has feasted against Harang in his career, going 10-for-29 with five homers and seven RBIs. David Ortiz has had similar success, going 5-for-11 with three doubles and a homer. Phillies leadoff man Ben Revere has done well against Porcello, going 7-for-19.

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