That would be the regular day in the rotation for Henry Owens, but the fact the lefty was taking batting practice before Saturday's game would lead one to believe the Red Sox are holding him back to pitch in New York against the Mets next weekend.
It has been a tough first season in Boston for Porcello, who is 5-11 with a 5.81 ERA in 20 starts. Porcello was placed on the disabled list with a right triceps strain on July 30.
"He did well yesterday," said interim manager Torey Lovullo. "From a little bit more conversations I had with him, the first couple of innings, he had trouble finding some rhythm, which was to be expected, just getting back into the flow and the rhythm.
"But the remaining innings he threw until the final pitch, he said he felt great, he had command of all three pitches, was throwing them where he wanted to, his two-seam fastball had the action he wanted."
• Brock Holt, who has been starting at second base since Dustin Pedroia went on the disabled list, was out of the lineup for the third straight day with left oblique tightness. Holt was in the original lineup for Saturday and scratched less than an hour before the first pitch.
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