On Sunday at Target Field, Kevin Correia, who is tied for the Major League-lead in losses, will have to play stopper just to keep the Twins from being swept at home.
The Rays have taken the first two games of the series, with David Price keeping Minnesota off the board for eight strong innings in the Twins' 5-1 loss on Saturday.
Correia won his last start with six innings of one-run baseball in Colorado on July 12, but the right-hander is just 5-11 with a 4.61 ERA. He has posted a 2.30 ERA over his last seven starts, although he has gone 3-4 in that span.
"I've lost a lot of games," Correia said. "I've always said I'm going out there trying to get a win. I'd rather go out there and give up more runs and get a win than go out there and pitch great and get a loss."
He could get center fielder Sam Fuld back behind him on Sunday. Fuld, who spent the past three seasons with the Rays, rested against his former team on Saturday, as he has struggled against Price and has been overextended recently.
"That's his history. He's been more of a role guy than an everyday guy," manager Ron Gardenhire said of Fuld, who is hitting .429 in his past 14 games. "He's played a nice stretch. I think he's done a super job for us.
"When [center fielder Aaron] Hicks went down, it killed him. You could see him going right down the hill because we [asked a lot from him]."
Meanwhile, Chris Archer will take the mound for Tampa Bay. Archer pitched six scoreless innings last year against Minnesota in his only start at Target Field, so he has good memories heading into Sunday's start.
In anticipation of his first start after the All-Star break, Archer said he's been gearing up for the season's second half.
"The reason why I put myself through so much during the offseason, Spring Training and early on, is so in July, August, September, I'm peaking," Archer said. "Those four days of doing nothing really helped. My body feels great and I'm ready to go into this second half of the season feeling strong."
Twins: Mauer takes grounders, still no timetable for return
Joe Mauer was back on the field Saturday afternoon, but in a limited capacity.
The injured first baseman (strained right oblique) took some grounders on his knees before Saturday's game against Tampa Bay. He's been out since the Twins placed him on the disabled list on July 2.
"I'm sure it's going to be very light," Gardenhire said. "He just wanted to get on his feet and move around today."
Gardenhire said that Mauer is not yet ready to swing the bat.
Mauer's injury came at a particularly unfortunate time. Trying to make a last-second All-Star push, the veteran was batting .362 during a 12-game hitting streak that pushed his career-low .258 average to a more respectable .271.
There is currently no official timetable for his return.
Rays: Historic comeback ahead?
Since the first All-Star Game in 1933, only five teams have won the division after being at least 9 1/2 games behind at the All-Star break, as the Rays were. Only one team has done it in the past two decades: the 2006 Twins were 11 games back and won American League Central.
Here are the other five teams, ranked by size of comeback:
1978 New York Yankees (11 1/2 games back); 2006 Minnesota Twins (11 GB); 1964 St. Louis Cardinals (10 GB); 1935 Chicago Cubs (9 1/2 GB); 1991 Atlanta Braves (9 1/2 GB)
• The Twins haven't won a season series against the Rays since 2006, when they went 6-1 against Tampa Bay. With two straight losses to the Rays Friday and Saturday, the best Minnesota can do is split the 2014 series at three games apiece, so the streak will continue another year.
• A fielding error by Twins center fielder Danny Santana in the seventh inning Saturday snapped Minnesota's nine-game errorless streak, the team's longest streak in more than a year.
• Casey Gillaspie, the Rays' No. 1 pick (No. 20 overall) of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, recorded five RBIs Friday night for the Hudson Valley Renegades. He is now hitting .285 with four home runs and 23 RBIs in 31 games.
David Adler is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.