NESN Red Sox analyst Jerry Remy made his weekly appearance with Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday morning as the Sox close in on the end of a disappointing season.

"For the most part, I think these guys have been good about going about it the best they can in a bad situation," Remy said of the season's final month.

That kind of pitcher -- the one you saw Tuesday night in a Rays uniform in the form of David Price -- was supposed to be Jon Lester this season.

It will have to wait.

Members of the 2004 Red Sox paraded around Fenway Park prior to Tuesday night's game against the Rays, offering a nostalgic look back on arguably the greatest season in franchise history as the end of one of the worst nears. 

Retired Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek, according to a major league source, is "close" to agreement on a role within the Sox organization. It is possible that he will head to Florida in the coming days to work with Red Sox minor leaguers taking part in the fall instructional league. 

Since Varitek announced his retirement during spring training, the Sox have said that the door would be open for him to have a future in the organization. In July, however, Varitek said that he was not yet ready to consider a post-playing-career job. 

Rays ace David Price dominated a Red Sox lineup that featured seven players who spent considerable portions of the year in Triple-A, and Tampa Bay's offense did enough damage against Clay Buchholz to claim a 5-2 victory. 


Speaking prior to the tribute to Johnny Pesky at Fenway Park Sunday, former Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez shared his view on the current state of the Sox. 

"I'm not that far apart from also having teams that went completely bad, especially after the second half," said Martinez when asked about any disappointment regarding how the organization had taken a turn for the worse in 2012. "I'm very familiar with it. Those are things that could be achieved, some of the things they have to do.

Cody Ross' eighth inning double off the left field wall drove in Dustin Pedroia and helped give the Red Sox a 2-1 win over the Orioles Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park. The win prevented a series sweep by Baltimore, who lost for just the ninth time in 36 one-run games. It also snapped a six-game winning streak for the O's.

Helping set the stage for the eighth-inning dramatics was Pedroia, who led off the frame with a double down the right field line. The second baseman joined Ross as the only two Red Sox hitters to come away with multiple-hit games.

After not getting an at-bat since Sept. 11, Ryan Kalish confirmed that he is for all intent and purposes shut down for the remainder of the season.

Prior to the Red Sox' game against the Orioles, Sunday, Sox manager Bobby Valentine surmised that Kalish might be able to pinch-run, but said he would only play the outfielder if "an emergency arises."

Kalish has been battling fatigue in his right shoulder and neck area, both of which he had previously injured.

Jim Thome's ground-rule double in the 12th inning against Alfredo Aceves scored Adam Jones to help hand the Orioles a 9-6 win over the Red Sox Saturday at Fenway Park. Endy Chavez and Manny Machado followed Thome with run-scoring hits to complete the scoring in Baltimore's three-run 12th.

The victory improved Baltimore to 16-2 in extra-inning games (16 in a row). The Red Sox, conversely, are now 0-7 at home in extra-inning contests (2-8 overall).