Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said that second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who left Monday's 7-4 victory in the top of the sixth inning due to what the team described as a jammed right thumb, was likely to miss Tuesday's game. Valentine said that he expected the second baseman to go for some tests on the injured digit.

"Right now, I don't think he'll play [Tuesday], if I was a betting man, but don't bet on it," Valentine said. "It's just swollen. You could tell there's something there."

A strong case can be made that Felix Doubront's arsenal has been the best of any Red Sox starting pitcher. That theme continued Monday, in the Red Sox' 7-4 victory over the Tigers.

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia left Monday's game against the Tigers prior to the sixth inning due to a jammed right thumb, likely as a result of a diving play he made an inning earlier. 

Pedroia made a stellar play to get to a sharp Danny Worth grounder that was going away from him and into the outfield, and he was able to throw out the Detroit second baseman to end the top of the fifth inning. Nick Punto replaced him at second base to begin the top of the sixth. 

Red Sox outfielder Ryan Sweeney, out for eight days while dealing with a concussion incurred on May 19 in Philadelphia, was activated from the seven-day disabled list for Monday's game. In order to make room on the Red Sox roster, outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Ryan Sweeney (mild concussion) has been activated from the seven-day disabled list and is in Monday's lineup as the Sox look to get their record back to .500 against the Tigers. Both the Red Sox and Tigers are 23-24 on the season. 

To make room for Sweeney's return, the Red Sox optioned outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin to Tripe-A Pawtucket. Sweeney is batting seventh and playing center field. Daniel Nava is in the leadoff spot for the Sox for the first time since the 2010 season. Mike Aviles is batting ninth. 

1. Daniel Nava, LF

2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B

Bobby Valentine said prior to Monday's game against the Tigers that while he doesn't know when it will be, he expects Daisuke Matsuzaka to pitch for the Sox this season. 

Matsuzaka has been working his way back from last June's Tommy John surgery, and after struggling over a five-game stretch for Triple-A Pawtucket earlier this season was shut down earlier this month due to neck soreness. He made another start for the PawSox Sunday, allowing just a walk and a hit over five innings with two strikeouts and no runs. 

Alfredo Aceves allowed a ninth-inning, two-run home run to Sean Rodriguez, handing the Rays a 4-3 win over the Red Sox in the teams' series finale, Sunday at Fenway Park. The homer, which came with one out and on a 3-1 pitch, snapped Aceves' streak of nine successful saves in as many opportunities.

With the loss the Red Sox fail to go over .500, having now had five chances this season to do so.

The Red Sox had taken a one-run lead into the ninth thanks to Adrian Gonzalez' seventh-inning, three-run homer against Tampa Bay starter Jeremy Hellickson.

Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said that there was no mention of any kind of elbow injury when it came to Carl Crawford during the outfielder's time with the Rays.

Crawford is currently on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his left elbow, having just started hitting off a tee while eyeing a return to throwing in approximately two weeks.

"There was never an elbow issue," said Maddon, who had said in spring training that Crawford's left wrist was a constant concern. "It was always about the wrist, but never the elbow.

Adrian Gonzalez is starting for the second straight day in right field at Fenway Park for the Red Sox, who finish off their three-game series with the Rays by going up against Jeremy Hellickson.

Returning to the starting lineup is Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who came on to hit a walk-off, pinch-hit home run Saturday night.

The following is Sunday's Red Sox' lineup with Clay Buchholz starting for the hosts:

Mike Aviles SS

Dustin Pedroia 2B

David Ortiz DH

Kevin Youkilis 1B

Adrian Gonzalez RF

Jarrod Saltalamacchia C

Jarrod Saltalamacchia launched a two-run homer into the Red Sox bullpen with one out in the ninth inning, giving the Red Sox a 3-2 win over the Rays Saturday night at Fenway Park.

The homer scored Daniel Nava, who had led off the ninth with a walk against Rays closer Fernando Rodney. Nava was moved over to second courtesy a bunt from pinch-hitter Nick Punto, paving the way for Saltalamacchia's homer. It was the catcher's first career walk-off homer, and first walk-off win for the Red Sox.

With the win the Red Sox improved to 23-23.