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 in the second-half, will win some serious bragging rights (and a t-shirt from the Rays Index store).

Check Marc Topkin’s blog for the starting lineups.




  1. Joe D. says:

    Kaz, something about big players big games, Rays cannot afford to lose this series to the Yanks, and this is the pivotal game after falling behind to the Yanks in this series last night.

    Kaz on the trading block, trying to prove his worth, this game is huge to him and the Rays, and going toe to toe with CC Sabathia.

    I’m going with Scott Kazmir. how about a 7 2/3 IP with 1ER 4H 1BB, and 11K.

  2. Charles says:

    I’m taking Kazmir.

  3. DRR says:


  4. MJ says:

    Joe D. that line made me laugh…


    • Joe D. says:

      Still laughing? Actual line 7IP 1ER 5H 1BB 4K, the only thing I was way off on was K numbers, which I guess is the reason that he was able to pitch as deep into the game as he did. Let’s not forget when Kaz is right he’s as good as it gets, and I really don’t think that he’s that far off.

  5. FlavaDave says:

    Kid K.

    Wishful thinking against a patient lineup who feast on raising pitch counts but somehow amidst all the rumors, hoping he can rise above the pressure.

  6. I agree with Joe D.
    It’s got to be Kaz!

  7. Dre says:

    Carlos Pena

  8. Gabe says:

    I’m going with out on a limb with Burrell.

  9. MikeD78 says:


  10. Michael says:

    Every time I’ve picked one of the starting pitchers lately they’ve gotten bombed, so I’ll go with Pat the Bat since he sucks anyway. Maybe he’ll actually come through just to spite me!

  11. Kevin says:

    Pat the Bat

  12. david h says:

    i’m actually going to go with kapler

  13. Billy says:

    Ben Zobrist

  14. Andy Kline says:

    I am just doing this one for fun like my other fellow winners from the first half. I’ll let someone else have a shot. P.S. “Billy” is my little brother. He wants a shot at winning.

    My pick will be Longoria.

    Good luck all opponents (especially those who haven’t won yet)

  15. KillaTapes says:

    I’m going with C.C. I think he’ll ignite the offense and terrorize the Yankees battery mates while on the basepaths.

    I’m gonna predict 4 steals from him and some big R.B.I.s

  16. Justin H says:

    Kazmir, he’s heard the rumors he’s gotta start showing the Rays he can still pitch

  17. Mark Wolff says:

    Gonna try again with Longoria starting a big streak tonight.

  18. Wally Pipp says:


  19. Brett says:

    Wow Joe! Nice prediction!

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