The Rays are back over .500 for the first time since the first week of the season, and they'll have Matt Moore on the mound on Tuesday for a showdown against the third-place Red Sox. Moore, 6-0 with a 2.14 ERA this season, will be pitching on extra rest in the series opener.
How will that affect him? The left-hander, who will be matched against John Lackey, said on Sunday that he thinks it might help to have an extra day off.
"I think maybe not necessarily just for your arm, but just to give you a break from the everyday monotony that sometimes comes with it," Moore said. "I think this early in the season, yeah, [it's] nice to break things up. But it's also nice to have the days off for your arm."
Moore has won seven straight games dating back to last season, and he can tie a franchise record, set by David Price, if he wins his next decision. Only two pitchers in franchise history -- Jeff Niemann and James Shields -- have ever started 6-0, and neither made it to 7-0.
The 23-year-old has struck out 43 batters in 42 innings, and he's 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA at home. The former eighth-round draftee has worked at least five innings in each of his seven outings, and he's been working on being more efficient with hitters.
"You try to think of three pitches or less to hitters, so filling the zone up in those first few pitches is helping me get some [swings] and some balls put in play," he said. "If it's a base hit, at least it only took two pitches. It didn't take six. If it's a ground ball, we're out of there in two pitches."
Lackey has lost each of his last two outings and has given up a home run in three of his last four starts. He is 12-6 with a 4.09 career ERA against Tampa Bay.
The Rays have won five straight games and are 12-6 at home this season. The Red Sox, meanwhile, are headed in the other direction. Boston has lost nine of its last 13 games, falling from the top spot in the American League East to third. Tampa Bay, in fourth place, is 2 1/2 games behind Boston.
Red Sox: Napoli finds the Trop to his liking
Designated hitter Mike Napoli homered for the first time in 10 games on Sunday. The veteran is batting .242 with four home runs in 15 games away from Fenway Park. He is a career .265 hitter with seven home runs in 35 games against Tampa Bay, and he has four homers at Tropicana Field.
Rays: Jennings hoping to be back
Desmond Jennings has missed three straight games due to a lingering groin injury, but the Rays are hopeful he'll be able to play on Tuesday. Jennings sat out the entire San Diego series, though he said he probably could have played on Sunday if the game had been later in the pennant race.
"It feels good, feels better than it did yesterday," Jennings said on Sunday. "I'm not going to play today just to give it the whole day plus the off-day. [I'll go] in on Tuesday and hopefully be ready to play."
• Moore is the third starter under 24 to start a season 6-0 since 2011. Trevor Cahill went 6-0 in 2011, and Tommy Hunter did it in 2010.
• David Ortiz had a day off on Sunday after playing in 19 games. Ortiz is in a 1-for-17 slump after hitting .414 through his first 15 games.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.