What's new: The D'backs want to play a gritty style under manager Kirk Gibson and can resemble the Rays in terms of versatility. They don't hit many homers and don't run much but do put a lot of balls in play. All-Star 1B Paul Goldschmidt leads the NL with 85 RBIs.
Key stat: Goldschmidt is one of three players with a .300 average, 20 homers and 80 RBIs, joining Miguel Cabrera and Chris Davis.
Connections: Rays INF/OF Kelly Johnson played in Arizona from 2010-11; former Rays athletic trainer Ken Crenshaw is with the D'backs.
Series history: Rays lead 8-4 overall, 4-2 at the Trop.
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer