Reports: Varitek close to rejoining Red Sox

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Reports: Varitek close to rejoining Red Sox

Jason Varitek said Tuesday night he is "close" to reaching agreement to rejoin the Red Sox in some capacity, and several media outlets reported that sources within the organization confirmed that the team will hire its former captain very soon.

ESPN Boston reported that Varitek -- who retired after the Red Sox declined to bring him back as a player after the 2011 season -- would be named special assistant to general manager Ben Cherington and would "be encouraged to learn the Red Sox system from top to bottom and be involved in a variety of areas, including player development and talent evaluation". WEEI.com said Varitek may "head to Florida in the coming days to work with Red Sox minor-leaguers taking part in the fall instructional league".

Those sources also said, however, that talk of Varitek becoming the Sox manager is premature. It is almost certain he would not be the team's choice to replace Bobby Valentine in 2013 if, as expected, Valentine is fired.

Yankees beat Blue Jays, Red Sox have chance to clinch AL East on Tuesday

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Yankees beat Blue Jays, Red Sox have chance to clinch AL East on Tuesday

For tonight, the Boston Red Sox can say "thank you" to the New York Yankees.

Despite the Toronto Blue Jays loading the bases with no out in the ninth, the Yankees hold on to beat the Blue Jays, 7-5. The result moves the Red Sox' magic number in the AL East to just one game. 

David Price will take the mound for the Red Sox on Tuesday night against those very Yankees with a chance to clinch the division. 

They can also clinch the AL East with a Toronto loss to the Baltimore Orioles. 

Dee Gordon homers leading off as Marlins mourn Jose Fernandez

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Dee Gordon homers leading off as Marlins mourn Jose Fernandez

MIAMI - Dee Gordon hit an emotional homer in Miami's first at-bat following the death of Marlins ace Jose Fernandez in a boating accident.

Leading off the first inning Monday night against the New York Mets, Gordon pulled a 2-0 pitch from Bartolo Colon over the wall in right for his first homer of the season.

Gordon circled the bases slowly and was crying when he reached home plate. He tapped his chest and waved toward the sky, and then sobbed as teammates hugged him in the dugout.

Gordon took the first pitch batting right-handed, in tribute to the right-handed Fernandez. Gordon then switched to his normal left side.

Fernandez died Sunday morning, prompting the Marlins to cancel their game that day against Atlanta.