Since Evan Longoria returned earlier this week, the Tampa Bay Rays have started to build some momentum.
The Minnesota Twins would like nothing more than to stop it.
Tampa Bay goes for its first four-game winning streak in two months Friday night when it opens a three-game series in Minneapolis.
Back the last three games after missing 85 due to a partially torn left hamstring, Longoria went 4 for 12 with three RBIs - all out of the designated hitter spot instead of his usual third base - to help the Rays (59-52) complete a sweep of Toronto.
The Rays, who last won four straight June 7-10, had suffered consecutive shutout losses to Baltimore immediately prior to Longoria's return. They put 14 runs on the board against the Blue Jays, half coming in Thursday's 7-1 victory.
"With the addition of guys like Longo, I think everybody else is able to relax a bit and gain some confidence, and once you're able to do that, things start rolling,'' outfielder Matt Joyce said.
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