After opening September with a 4-0 record, Tampa Bay is just 3-9 since then to fall a season-high 5 1/2 games back for the second American League Wild Card spot.
Tampa Bay will look to right-hander Chris Archer on Wednesday to help get the team out of its current slide. Still searching for his first win of the season, Archer (0-3, 3.22 ERA) will face the Red Sox at Tropicana Field.
Scattering three runs over 10 2/3 innings in his two appearances this month, Archer impressed in his last outing out of the bullpen. He allowed one run on three hits in 3 2/3 innings of work against the Orioles on Thursday. However, he took the loss in an eventual 3-2 defeat in a game that lasted 14 innings.
"It instilled confidence in me," Archer said of the outing. "The whole team knew I could do it. I was able to compete and keep the team in the game, and that's what it's all about."
Meanwhile, Daisuke Matsuzaka will be on the hill for the Red Sox, looking to change his fortunes against the Rays.
Matsuzaka is 2-7 with a 5.83 ERA in his career against Tampa Bay, his lowest mark against any AL team.
The righty took a no-decision Friday against the Blue Jays, allowing four runs on three hits in 5 1/3 innings. While Matsuzaka cruised through the first two innings, the right-hander hit Moises Sierra to start the third inning and then walked three of the next four batters. Dice-K then threw two wild pitches that led to a pair of runs before Adam Lind hit a groundout that cashed in another run.
"It was a real waste that I gave up a few runs without giving up any hits," Matsuzaka said through an interpreter. "It was really unfortunate that I wasn't able to make a small adjustment during that inning and get out of it quicker."
Red Sox: Bogar to interview for Astros' manager job
Red Sox bench coach Tim Bogar will interview for the Astros' managerial opening on Wednesday at a location yet to be determined, a source told MLB.com.
Bogar is the fifth known candidate to interview. Former Padres and Phillies manager Larry Bowa, Nationals third-base coach Bo Porter, Rays bench coach Dave Martinez and Astros interim manager Tony DeFrancesco have also interviewed.
Bogar has been on the Red Sox's staff since the 2009 season and is a former manager in the Astros' Minor League system. He began his managerial career in '04 with the Rookie League Greeneville Astros, and the team went 41-26 and won the league title.
Rays: Price named Clemente Award nominee
Thanks to his work in the Tampa Bay community and with Project One Four, Rays ace David Price was named the team's nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award on Tuesday.
The left-hander is one of 30 finalists for the award that "represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement."
"Roberto Clemente is a guy that I wrote a paper on when I was a kid because I admired the work he had done in the game of baseball and what he really stood for off the field," Price said. "It's a very big award to be nominated for, and I'm very happy."
Project One Four, which is Price's own charitable foundation, benefits youths in the Tampa Bay area and his hometown of Nashville, Tenn., donating school supplies and clothes to children.
For the second consecutive night, Sean Rodriguez committed two errors while playing the hot corner. The infielder has a team-high 18 miscues, which also ties him with Asdrubal Cabrera from the most in the AL.
The Red Sox have tallied at least 300 doubles in each of the last 17 seasons, extending the longest streak in Major League history. They have a Major League-high 319 doubles this season.