Rick Porcello is back in the Red Sox’s rotation after missing a month

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After missing the past month with a triceps injury Red Sox right-hander Rick Porcello is off the disabled list and will start tonight against the White Sox.

Porcello has had a miserable first season in Boston, going 5-11 with a 5.81 ERA in 20 starts after coming over in an offseason trade from Detroit and signing a four-year, $82.5 million contract extension.

Porcello had a 3.43 ERA for the Tigers last season in what appeared to be a breakout year at age 25, but posted a 4.51 ERA from 2009-2013 and has never struck out more than 7.2 batters per nine innings in a season. He’s owed $20 million in 2016, $20 million in 2017, $21 million in 2018, and $21 million in 2019, so much like Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez he’s a big part of the Red Sox’s plans whether they like it or not.

Doubleheader between Cardinals and Tigers postponed

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A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.

MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.

The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.

St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.

There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.

Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.

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