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."