Minutes after the Orioles' weeklong homestand ended with a 6-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers, manager Buck Showalter's mind was already on to the team's next challenge, their nine-game, 10-day West Coast road trip to Oakland, Anaheim and Seattle.

"I've moved onto Oakland," Showalter said when asked to put the team's 5-2 homestand in perspective. "If you go in there and ask our guys would they have taken that before we got here, no, they were shooting for all seven. That's the way you play, just like the road trip. We know the reality of the math, the way it usually works but we did some things good, some things we have to be better at, we'll stay engaged in this and we have a challenging trip ahead of us."

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Every game from here on out is important but this road trip could make or break the Orioles' season, mainly because they don't have many more opportunities to change their sub-par record on the road.

The Orioles are 21-31 this season away from Camden Yards. Their 21 wins on the road are the second fewest in the AL – Boston and Minnesota have 20 – so they haven't played well on the road compared to the rest of the league. They are 12 games above .500 at home.

"It doesn't matter if you're home or on the road," Orioles first baseman Chris Davis said. "Try to minimize your mistakes and go out and execute your game plan, I think. Then you give yourself a chance to be successful."

Playing out west is always a challenge. Getting adjusted to the three-hour time difference is brutal. And the Orioles didn't get a travel day before starting their three-game series in Oakland tonight.

"We have to keep moving forward, especially in this road trip," Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez said. "This is probably the toughest one because you have to go all the way to the West Coast, but we have to find a way to keep it going. We are working hard with trying to put everything together."

Last season, the Orioles used their trip out west, which was right out of the All-Star break, to build momentum. After dropping two of three in Oakland, they won two of three in Anaheim and three of four in Seattle to finish the trip 6-4.

They went 7-4 on the AL West Coast road trip in 2013 and also won four of five interleague games in San Diego and San Francisco before suffering three walk-off games in Arizona. Back in 2012, the O's were 7-6 playing out west.

The Orioles are 7-10 against the AL West this season, but that includes losing three of four in Houston back in May and dropping three of four to Texas last month. The Orioles are 2-1 against the Mariners and 1-2 against the Angels.

This time around, they have to take care of business against Oakland and Seattle teams that are both out of the race. And the Angels are reeling, having lost nine of their last 10.

So maybe it's a good time to go out west. We'll see.

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