Eyeing their first win of the three-game set on Sunday, the Cubs will call on left-hander Travis Wood, looking to win his first game in almost two months.
Chicago, which dropped its first two games against Tampa Bay at Wrigley Field on Friday and Saturday, will hand the ball to Wood (7-9, 5.08 ERA) for the series finale.
Wood's last win came on June 15, when he beat the Phillies with eight scoreless innings. Since then, he's 0-4 with a 6.10 ERA in nine starts, having allowed 39 runs (33 earned) during that span. He did put together a quality start in his last outing, giving up three runs in six innings to the Rockies in a game the Cubs eventually won, 6-5.
On the other side, Alex Cobb (7-6, 3.52 ERA) will look to help the Rays sweep the series on Sunday, and he can tie the Rays' club mark for most consecutive road wins. Cobb is 5-0 over his last six road starts, leaving him one shy of the club record held by David Price (2010).
The only no-decision in Cobb's run came in his start against the A's on Monday, when he exited in the sixth inning of the Rays' 3-2 extra-inning loss. Cobb hasn't lost on the road since June 2 at Miami.
"It's tough to be 100 percent sharp every game," Cobb said. "Every pitcher in the league, what makes the good ones good is when they don't have their best stuff, they're able to battle and compete until deep in the game.
"It's what David [Price] did so well. He'd give up three in the first three innings and you still knew you were going to get six or seven innings out of him. That's a key when you have starts like I did in Oakland. You have to go deeper into the game, but also be able to compete."
Cubs: Turner to arrive this weekend, role up in the air
Jacob Turner, acquired from the Marlins on Friday, is expected to join the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Sunday, but manager Rick Renteria isn't sure what the right-hander's role will be.
The Cubs claimed Turner off waivers and sent Minor League pitchers Jose Arias and Tyler Bremer to the Marlins in exchange.
Turner was 4-7 with a 5.97 ERA in 20 games (12 starts) with Miami. He was in the Marlins' rotation from the start of the season until June 11, then made eight relief appearances. In his last three outings, all starts, he gave up eight earned runs on 19 hits and six walks over 14 2/3 innings.
Renteria couldn't project what Turner, 23, will do, although he most likely will be used out of the bullpen. The pitcher is out of options, and the Cubs will have to make a roster move when Turner arrives.
Rays: Myers starting rehab assignment
Wil Myers, who has been on the disabled list with a right wrist fracture since June 1, is scheduled to begin his rehab assignment Saturday night for Triple-A Durham against Buffalo (Blue Jays affiliate).
Rays manager Joe Maddon said the Rays have a week mapped out for Myers at Durham, pointing out that Myers will need some at-bats "to really regain his rhythm."
According to the rule for position players, Myers has 20 days to play in rehab games before he must rejoin the Rays or continue with Triple-A Durham, a possibility since Myers still has options -- but an unlikely one.
Maddon doesn't feel the Rays will be faced with that decision, because he doesn't think Myers will need any more than 20 or 30 at-bats to be ready.
• In Sunday's series finale, the Cubs will wear a throwback uniform from 1988, which was the year the team first played under the lights at Wrigley Field. The visiting Rays have developed a retro-inspired "faux-back" road uniform to participate in the throwback day as well.
• When Rays starter Jake Odorizzi batted eighth in the order against the Cubs on Saturday, it was only the ninth time an AL pitcher batted higher than ninth since Interleague play began in 1997. Rays manager Joe Maddon has filled out the lineup card on seven of those nine occasions. It's happened five times this season -- all of them Maddon's doing.
David Adler is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.