What's new: The Marlins have been off to a surprising start, doing it with some relatively unheralded contributors, such as 1B Gaby Sanchez (.319, seven homers, 26 RBIs), OF Logan Morrison (.316-5-12, with a .415 on-base percentage) and closer Leo Nunez (MLB-best 15-for-15 in saves). Having a rotation led by Josh Johnson, Anibal Sanchez and Ricky Nolasco helps. SS Hanley Ramirez has been a disappointment, hitting .217 overall and .163 vs. right-handers, as has free agent RHP Javier Vazquez (2-4, 7.55 ERA).
Key stat: The Marlins have 12 one-run wins (most in the majors) and 13 come-from-behind wins (second most).
Connections: Marlins LHP Randy Choate is a former Ray; RHP Ryan Webb (Clearwater Central Catholic) and OF Chris Coghlan (East Lake) are Tampa Bay high school products. ... Rays INF Sean Rodriguez grew up in the Miami area.
Series history: Marlins lead 40-33 overall, 23-15 at Pro Player/Dolphins/Land Shark/Sun Life Stadium.