Rays' long road begins in Twin Cities

Rays' long road begins in Twin Cities

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Rays started a 10-game road trip with Friday's game the Twins, equaling their longest stint of the season.

Tampa Bay will be looking to replicate the success of its last road trip, in which it went 6-3 against Baltimore, Los Angeles and Oakland from July 24-Aug. 1.

After three games in Minnesota this weekend, the Rays will head West again for three games against the Mariners and four games against the Angels.

"It's a big one for us," pitcher David Price said of the trip. "Facing the Twins -- they've been swinging the bat extremely well. Seattle's been playing very good baseball the past month. And then we go back to L.A. That's a team that is right with us in the Wild Card standings, somebody we're going to be trying to chase down. It's a good chance for us to come back after winning the road series we did on our last trip."

Tampa Bay entered Friday's game 20-14 on the road since May 13 and 32-27 away from Tropicana Field this season. The Rays also hit better away from home, posting a .239 average and 226 runs compared to .224 and 222 runs at home, despite playing in seven fewer road games.

"I just think we swing the bats better [on the road]," manager Joe Maddon said. "I don't know what it is. I don't know why it is. It's gotta be psychological as much as anything. It seems to me that we hit better on the road than we do at home."