Tonight through Sunday
What's new: The Twins have won six of their past eight after Thursday's ejection-filled loss to the Red Sox (see 5C) but are an AL-worst 5-14 on the road. They've been boosted by the return of C Joe Mauer, who was on the DL when the Rays played in Minnesota in late April. Mauer has been hot, and the Twins entered Thursday batting an AL-best .291 in May, with their 38 homers second to the Yankees. They're strong defensively, entering Thursday with the AL's best fielding percentage (.989).
Key stat: Mauer is off to one of the best starts of his career, entering Thursday leading the majors with a .425 average in May, with 11 homers, 32 RBI and a .514 on-base percentage.
Connections: RHP Matt Garza and SS Jason Bartlett (on the DL) are former Twins; Delmon Young and Brendan Harris are former Rays. OF Denard Span is a Tampa Catholic product.
Series history: The Twins took two of three in an April series at the Metrodome and lead the overall series 52-37, including 29-16 at Tropicana Field.
Joe Smith, Times staff writer