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Porcello was beat up for nine hits and four earned runs in 3.1 innings against the Royals on Sunday.

After allowing two earned runs over his previous 14.2 innings prior to Sunday, Porcello was unable to find a groove in Kansas City. Despite posting solid overall numbers this season, Porcello has struggled to find much consistency as of late. He'll be searching for his first win in close to a month in Friday's home start against Minnesota.

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Porcello will have his next start moved up to Sunday against the Royals, MLB.com's Jason Beck reports.

Porcello was on tap for two starts in the final week of the season, but he'll instead get the double dose this week, with Thursday's open date keeping him on his normal schedule. Kyle Lobstein will be bumped back a day to start Monday vs. the White Sox.

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Porcello gave up two runs on seven hits and two walks with five strikeouts in eight innings Tuesday against the Twins.

Despite not qualifying for the win, Porcello still turned in an excellent outing, giving up exactly two earned runs for the fourth time in five starts. He is in line to make two more starts this season, Monday against the White Sox and Saturday against the Twins.

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Porcello struck out seven while giving up two runs on seven hits over 6.2 innings in a losing effort against the Royals on Wednesday.

James Shields and the Kansas City bullpen kept the Tigers off the board Wednesday, but Porcello turned in a good start in a crucial spot. He'll make his next start Tuesday in Minnesota, and could take a second turn September 21 against the Royals in Kansas City if the Tigers want to skip Kyle Lobstein following an off-day on September 18.

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Porcello made it through just three frames Friday night, as he surrendered six runs (five earned) on 10 hits and a walk while striking only one batter in a loss to the Giants.

Porcello has now been knocked around in each of his last two starts, as the right-hander has surrendered 21 hits over his previous 9.2 innings. In a long awaited breakout season, Porcello is just one of four AL pitchers with 15 wins and was the second, behind teammate Max Scherzer, to reach the mark in 2014. However, after back-to-back losses and with a career-high 183 innings under his belt, the 25-year-old hurler might just be wearing down a bit. Fantasy owners should closely monitor Porcello's outing versus the Royals on Wednesday.

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Porcello improved to 15-8 on Tuesday, tossing eight innings of nine-hit, two-run ball while not issuing a walk and striking out two against the Yankees.

Strangely enough, both runs came on a pair of solo homers from Jacoby Ellsbury. The sixth-year big leaguer has been great this season, posting a 3.06 ERA and 1.12 WHIP -- both of which are well below his career numbers of 4.28 and 1.35 -- while providing rock solid dependability at the back end of a star-studded rotation that features Max Scherzer, David Price and Justin Verlander. Porcello will look to build upon his career-high 15 wins in his next start Sunday against the White Sox.

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Porcello pitched an absolute gem against the Rays Tuesday, tossing a complete-game shutout while giving up just three hits (no walks) and striking out four batters in picking up his 14th win (14-8) of the year.

After a mediocre performance his last time out on August 15 against the Mariners (allowing five earned runs on 10 hits in six innings pitched), Porcello reversed course with one of his best outings of the year. Shockingly, this was Porcello's third complete-game shutout of the year. With his ability to keep runners off base (issuing just 32 walks in 165.1 innings pitched), Porcello has really excelled this year and now sports a 3.10 ERA and 1.12 WHIP. His next start is scheduled for Tuesday at home against the Yankees.

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Porcello allowed six runs -- five earned -- on 10 hits and no walks Friday with three strikeouts in a loss against the Mariners.

Porcello got ahead of hitters (21 of 27 first-pitch strikes), but he had trouble putting them away. He lowered his BB/9 to 1.89, though, with his eighth start of no walks allowed. This was the first time in six starts he failed to go more than six innings. In the previous five starts he had a 1.75 ERA. Chalk this one up to one of those nights.

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Porcello was forced into action Sunday against the Blue Jays, coming into the game in the 17th inning and getting the loss in the 19th inning. He gave up one run on three hits and two walks, and also committed a big throwing error in the game-ending rally in the 19th.

Porcello can hardly be blamed for his off game. Not only did he start on Thursday, but he also had a 30-pitch bullpen session Saturday as his regular throw day. While the Tigers aren't divulging their plans, it's highly unlikely that he'll be available for his regular turn in the rotation Tuesday. But the Tigers are especially hamstrung because Anibal Sanchez just went on the DL, and because they are in a stretch of 55 games in 55 days and have a full seven games this upcoming week.

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Porcello (13-6) took a tough-luck loss Thursday in Yankee Stadium, allowing one run on nine hits in seven innings. He struck out five and didn't walk a batter for the third time in four starts.

Just another quality outing for Porcello, who's allowed all of seven runs in his last five starts on the heels of a seven-run implosion back on July 6. He'll look to keep rolling on Tuesday in Pittsburgh.