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05/28/2012 - 11:54am
Lineup: Nava leading off, Sweeney activated
By: DJ Bean

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

3. Adrian Gonzalez, RF

4. David Ortiz, DH

5. Kevin Youkilis, 1B

6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C

7. Ryan Sweeney, CF

8. Will Middlebrooks, 3B

9. Mike Aviles, SS

SP -- Felix Doubront

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05/28/2012 - 11:41am
Bobby V 'pretty confident' in Daisuke return
By: DJ Bean

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. 

Given that variables have altered any timetable for a potential return to the majors, Valentine was asked how confident he is that the veteran will pitch for the Sox at all this season. 

"I'm pretty confident," Valentine said. "I don't have a firm date nor an exact expectation as to what I'm going to see when that happens." 

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05/28/2012 - 9:37am
Game 1 refs: Dan Crawford, Malloy, Phillips

MIAMI -- Referee Ed Malloy has some history with the Celtics and the Heat. Malloy hit Paul Pierce with two technical fouls in the span of 59 seconds of Game 1 of their series last season, which led to Pierce's ejection. The first came on a double-technical following a hard foul from Miami's James Jones. The second came after Dwyane Wade barreled through a Pierce screen and Pierce responded by getting back in his face.

Malloy has been assigned to work Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals that begin Monday night along with Dan Crawford and Jason Phillips. Crawford was also the crew chief in last year's game.

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05/28/2012 - 6:45am
Mashup: Jets' Scott doesn't want son to play

Jets linebacker Bart Scott, never one to shy away from voicing his opinion, joined the youth football safety discussion by saying he would prefer that his son not play the game. Scott's son, B.J., is 7 years old, and his father said he wants to keep him from getting concussions, fearful of the effect it would have on him later in life.

"I don’t want my son to play football,” Scott told the New York Daily News. “I play football so he won’t have to. With what is going on, I don’t know if it’s really worth it.”

Added Scott: “I can’t stop him from doing what he wants to do, but I would advise him and try to push other things in his face that may interest him. The more you tell him not to, the more he’s going to do it. I would support it, because he’s my son, but I also would try to push baseball in his face.”

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05/27/2012 - 5:01pm
Aceves blows save as Rays beat Sox

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.

Losing out on the win for the Red Sox was starter Clay Buchholz, who allowed two runs over seven innings, lowing his ERA to 7.19. The righty gave up eight hits, striking out six and walking one.

Gonzalez' homer, which was his fourth of the season (and first to the opposite field), came after Hellickson began the seventh by walking David Ortiz and then allowing a single up the middle by...

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