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Tampa Bay Rays vs Colorado Rockies in Denver
Tampa Bay Rays pinch hitter pat Burrell (R) waits on a pitch with teammate B.J. Upton waiting on deck in the sixth inning during an interleague game at Coors Field in Denver on June 16. 2009. Colorado's winning streak stopped at eleven games as Tampa Bay won 12-4. (UPI Photo/Gary C. Caskey)
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Melvin Emmanuel "B. J." Upton (born August 21, 1984, in Norfolk, Virginia) is a Major League Baseball center fielder for the Tampa Bay Rays. Upton is a graduate of Greenbrier Christian Academy.

His nickname, B. J., is short for "Bossman Junior" because his father was once known as Bossman. His brother Justin Upton plays for the Arizona Diamondbacks. B.J. and Justin are the only two brothers in MLB history to be selected in the number one and two slot of the draft (in separate years).

As a member of the 2001 Team USA Junior National team, Upton batted .462 (12-for-26) in nine games. The team went 9–2 and won the Silver Medal in Cuba that year. In 2002, Upton was named a first-team All-American by Baseball America, batting .641 (50-for-78) with 11 doubles, 4 triples, 11 home runs, and 32 RBIs during his senior year at Greenbrier.

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