Derek Lowe has retired

Derek Lowe, one of the heroes of the 2004 Red Sox, tells USA Today he has retired.

The 40-year-old Lowe told the Globe’s Nick Cafardo essentially the same thing back in June. But this time he’s leaving not even a percentage of doubt.

“I’m officially no longer going to play the game,” Lowe said. “It’s still enjoyable, but the role I was having wasn’t fulfilling.”

Lowe won the clinching game of all three postseason series in 2004. That despite a 5.42 ERA in 33 starts during the regular season.

The Red Sox let him go after the 2004 season. Lowe played for the Dodgers, Braves, Indians, Yankees and Rangers from there. His last game was May 19 with Texas.

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Lowe was 176-157 in his career with a 4.03 ERA and 86 saves over 681 games.

With Lowe retiring, the only 2004 Red Sox still active as players are Bronson Arroyo, David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez (minors) and Kevin Youkilis.

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