Up until first pitch, use the comments section to predict who you think will be the Sunburst Player of the Game. (be sure to use a valid email address while leaving the comment). The commenter that correctly predicts who we will name the Sunburst Player of the Game the most times prior to the all-star game, will win two tickets to a second-half game. Runners-up get their choice of a t-shirt. [Click HERE for rules]

Check Marc Topkin’s blog for the starting lineups.

Here is the Rays leaderboard, and the contestant leaderboard is after the jump…

  • Evan Longoria 9.5 (he and Garza tied in one game)
  • Carlos Pena 8
  • Carl Crawford 5
  • Ben Zobrist 5
  • James Shields 3
  • Jason Bartlett 3
  • BJ Upton 3
  • Andy Sonnanstine 2
  • Dioner Navarro 2
  • Matt Joyce 2
  • Willy Aybar 2
  • Matt Garza 1.5
  • Lance Cormier 1
  • Aki Iwamura 1
  • Scott Kazmir 1
  • David Price 1
  • Jeff Niemann 1
  • Gabe Gross 1

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  1. Charles says:

    Longoria's back tonight, who can resist picking him?

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  2. MikeD says:

    sticking with Joe D

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  3. Pena

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  4. Brett says:

    Zorilla!

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  5. Dave says:

    BJ Upton

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  6. Joe D. says:

    First of all I don't get Kapler being in the line up, Pettitte has always been tougher on Righties then lefties. I think last year Maddon even stacked the line up with Lefties, and made his switch-hitters bat lefty against Pettitte, and we did well against him... Whatever... I'm going with Pena...

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  7. Jim says:

    Crawford

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  8. MikeD78 says:

    I wouldn't take Carlos if Bozo the Clown were pitching. I know he's a streaky hitter, but this is painful.

    Give me BJ.

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  9. smelpy says:

    lo lo lo longoriaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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  10. Kyle L says:

    Longoria

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  11. MJ says:

    Evan Longoria

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  12. joe dillon

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  13. Andy Kline says:

    Ben "Zorilla" Zobrist

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  14. Martin B says:

    In the words of the Star Man from kiss, "[He's] back, back in the New York Groove."

    Evan Longoria.

    PS. Kiss blows. I love watching Kiss fans get angry every year when they're not inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

    Additionally, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is the Hard Rock Cafe without the appetizers.

    I can see famous pants in Tampa, I don't need to travel to Cleveland for them.

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  15. KillaTapes says:

    BJ Upton. I think he's gonna lead things off with a bang!

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  16. Shoop says:

    BJ Upton.

    That bottom 3rd of the order makes me cry. Seriously, I hate it.

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  17. KillaTapes says:

    Also, why is it on FSF and ESPN? Isn't it usually one or the other?

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    • i could be wrong, but i think it is because ESPN doesn't have exclusive rights on Monday. If the game was Sunday night, then it would only be ESPN. I think ESPN also used to have exclusive rights to Wednesday night games if the picked one, but that might not be the case any longer.

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      • KillaTapes says:

        Ahh, I see. I thought they always had exclusive rights when they aired games. Thanks

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      • theraysparty says:

        It is usually blackout in the team's market for non-Sunday ESPN games. But that makes it available to anyone in the nation with cable anyway.

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  18. cougar says:

    zorilllllllllllllllllla

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  19. Rayhawk says:

    OK one for you youngins...As Chester would always say.....Mister Dillon

    LOL

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  20. cdub says:

    Pena

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  21. theraysparty says:

    carl crawford

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  22. Kicker says:

    l-o-n-g-o

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  23. Michael says:

    B.J. Upton

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