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Wednesday’s Red Sox-Tigers matchups: Aaron Cook vs. Rick Porcello

08.01.12 at 1:28 pm ET

The Red Sox will send Aaron Cook to the mound for Wednesday’€™s series finale with the Tigers, as he will match up with Detroit right-hander Rick Porcello.

Cook, who is 2-4 with a 4.50 ERA on the year, has struggled in his last two starts, going 0-2 with a 7.84 ERA and only two strikeouts in 10 1/3 innings pitched. In his last outing against the Yankees, Cook allowed six runs on seven hits through four innings which led to a 10-3 Red Sox loss.

However, before those last two starts, Cook had been among Boston’€™s top options from the rotation. In his first four starts since returning from an injured leg, Cook had a 2-1 record with a 1.67 ERA. The span included a complete-game two-hit shutout against the Mariners in which he only threw 81 pitches.

Cook has allowed at least one hit to all of the Tigers position players he has faced in his career. The only batter who is hitless against Cook is Max Scherzer.

Porcello has hovered around .500 all season and enters Wednesday night’€™s contest with a 7-6 record and a 4.56 ERA.

The 23-year-old right-hander had a tough last outing in Toronto, when he allowed five earned runs on six hits through six innings in a 7-6 loss to the Blue Jays. However, his previous start was much different, as he only allowed one run on five hits through eight innings in his win over the White Sox.

One thing Porcello has done very well recently has been keeping the ball in the ballpark, as the last homer he gave up was on June 8. That home run is the only one he has allowed since May 16.

Jacoby Ellsbury has had a lot of success against Porcello in his five plate appearances, as he has gone 5-for-5 with a home run against the Detroit starter.

Tigers vs. Cook (RHP)

Prince Fielder (25 plate appearances): .150 BA/.280 OBP/.200 SLG, 1 double, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts

Miguel Cabrera (7): .429/.429/.571, 1 double, 2 RBIs

Delmon Young (5): .600/.600/.600, 1 RBI

Austin Jackson (4): .333/.500/.333, 1 walk

Alex Avila (3): .500/.333/.500, 1 RBI

Brennan Boesch (3): .500/.667/.500

Omar Infante (3): .333/.333/.333

Don Kelly (3): .333/.333/1.000, 1 triple, 1 RBI

Jhonny Peralta (3): .333/.333/.333, 1 strikeout

Ryan Raburn (3): .500/.667/.500, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Max Scherzer (1): .000/.000/.000

Red Sox vs. Porcello (RHP)

Nick Punto (17 plate appearances): .143 BA/.250 OBP/.143 SLG, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts

Ryan Sweeney (13): .545/.615/.818, 1 double, 1 triple, 3 RBI

Carl Crawford (9) .375/.375/.750, 1 home run, 2 RBIs

Mike Aviles (6):.333/.333/.333

Dustin Pedroia (6): .200/.333/.400, 1 double, 1 walk

Jacoby Ellsbury (5): 1.000/1.000/1.600, 1 home run

Kelly Shoppach (5): .400/.400/.400, 3 strikeouts

Cody Ross (4): .500/.500/.500, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout

Adrian Gonzalez (2): .500/.500/.500

Jarrod Saltalamacchia (1): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout

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