ANAHEIM -- When he saw that Lyle Overbay was starting at first base instead of him Thursday night, Paul Goldschmidt approached the veteran.
"Get a couple of hits," Goldschmidt told him.
Overbay smiled when he was asked about the comment after the game in which he picked up three hits in the D-backs' 11-3 win over the Rangers in Texas.
"He always does that," Overbay said.
"Yeah, but he does it," Goldschmidt said one day later when told what Overbay said.
Such is the relationship between the veteran Overbay and Goldschmidt, who is entering his first full season in the big leagues. Rather than a rivalry or a battle for playing time, it's more of a friendship.
"We're each other's best supporter," Overbay said.
About the only thing the pair disagree about is who is the starter.
"It's his job," Overbay said.
"I don't consider myself the starter," Goldschmidt said. "I consider us both the starters."
Manager Kirk Gibson could not be happier with the production he's gotten from the first-base position this year.
"They're team players," Gibson said. "They do have a great relationship and they feed off each other, they both motivate each other, they work to get better."