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Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz is set to return to the team's rotation next week. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images) Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz is set to return to the team's rotation next week. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Boston Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz has completed his rehab assignment and is set to start Tuesday for the beginning of a pivotal three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays, reports the Boston Herald.

Boston is currently 6.5 games ahead of the Rays in the American League East.

Buchholz pitched 3.2 innings, allowing two runs on four hits in his final rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday.

Buchholz has not pitched since June 8, sidelined with inflammation near his neck and shoulder. Before the injury, he was 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA and 1.02 WHIP. LEMIRE: MLB Power Rankings: Red Sox return to No. 1 for third time and look poised to stay there

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