Rick Porcello. (Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Rick Porcello planned to start Game 3 of the Division Series last night, 'til the Red Sox used him in relief for two-thirds of an inning Friday. So, with an extra day of rest, Porcello's eager to oppose C.C. Sabathia and the Yankees tonight.
"This is what it's all about," Porcello said. "To get an opportunity to have the ball in Yankee Stadium, Game Four. The culmination of the entire season leads up to your opportunities in the postseason. I'm definitely looking forward to that, and giving us a chance to win."
Porcello said the key is being aggressive and attacking hitters. He's 2-0 with a 2.31 ERA in four starts this year against the Yanks, and added there aren't any surprises at this point.
"We play these guys a lot during the course of the season," Porcello said. "There's a familiarity there that, you know what you gotta do, it's just a matter of going out there and doing it. I think the postseason's more about channeling yourself, trying to get whatever's going, your adrenaline, your blood pressure, everything's kind of pumping and being able to kind of take a step back, deep breath, and execute pitches the way you know how. To me, that's the most important thing. They're not doing anything that we haven't seen them do the entire course of the season. They're hitting home runs, they're swinging the bats well, that's what they do."
Porcello's just 1-4 with a 5.56 ERA in seven career appearances at Yankee Stadium, and he's posted a 7 ERA in four postseason outings with the Sox.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) reports