Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino joined the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday to talk about the Sox’ recent struggles, the David Ortiz controversy and Jacoby Ellsbury‘s slow start.

Even with Wednesday night’s 9-2 victory over the Rays, the Red Sox have lost nine of their last 12 games.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- He is the constant. When he does not feel good, he contributes. When no one else is hitting, he often is the one who seems intent on singlehandedly pulling the team out of its adversity. If there is a player who can be described as doing something every day to help his team win, he is it.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Drip. Drip. Drip. And then the deluge.

In his weekly appearance on “Salk & Holley,” Wednesday afternoon, Red Sox skipper John Farrell said that despite the recent slump that has seen the team drop nine of its last 11, don’t expect any major shakeups, either in the rotation or the batting order.

Saying the most important thing to is “remain consistent,” he doesn’t anticipate making many changes, at least not at this point in the season.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — With the Red Sox facing Rays left-hander David Price on Wednesday, Daniel Nava will sit for a second straight game in favor of Jonny Gomes in left field. Jarrod Saltalamacchia will be behind the plate to catch Jon Lester, who has enjoyed tremendous success at the Tropicana Dome in recent years, forging a 2.17 ERA with 12.4 strikeouts per nine innings in his last five starts in the Rays’ home.

ESPN baseball writer Buster Olney joined the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday to talk about the Red Sox and news from around the majors.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Red Sox need for this to be a beginning.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, following his team’s 5-3 loss to the Rays, confirmed a report on that he’s been hindered by “a little bit of tightness” in his left oblique. He suggested that he suffered the injury during the three-game series in Texas over the first weekend of May.

Sustaining arm strength over a full outing can be one of the biggest challenges facing pitchers returning from Tommy John surgery. And on Tuesday night, that challenge seemingly caught up with Red Sox starter John Lackey.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey took a significant step forward in his return from a sore right biceps, throwing a 25-pitch bullpen in which he used his full array of pitches. It was his first session throwing off a mound (rather than on flat ground) since he landed on the DL on May 6.