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What's new: The Brewers (40-33), popular picks to contend in the NL Central, are in a first-place tie with the Cardinals partly thanks to their big bats. 1B Prince Fielder (19 homers, 60 RBIs) and OF Ryan Braun (15 homers, 51 RBIs) lead the way for a lineup that is second in the majors in homers (82). The Brewers bolstered their rotation in the offseason by acquiring RHP Zack Greinke (who starts Tuesday) and RHP Shaun Marcum.
Key stat: The Brewers' 25-9 home record is the best in baseball.
Connections: Brewers SS Josh Wilson is an ex-Ray. Rays assistant to the pitching coach Stan Boroski was drafted by the Brewers and spent two years in their minor-league system.
Series history: This will be the first meeting between the teams. Miller Park is the only ballpark the Rays have yet to play in.
Joe Smith, Times staff writer