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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

Rays-Diamondbacks preview 07/29/13 [Last modified: Monday, July 29, 2013 8:36pm]
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