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Crisp looks to spark support for All-Star bid

A's leadoff man off to hot start as he eyes elusive trip to Midsummer Classic

BOSTON -- Coco Crisp is swinging a hot bat, and perhaps this is the year the A's veteran is allowed to showcase it on a national stage.

Now in his 13th Major League season, Crisp has never before been awarded a trip to the All-Star Game. That could change, though, should he continue to play the role of the igniter at the top of Oakland's lineup, while those that watch him offer him the support he needs at the polls.

Fans can cast their votes for starters at and all 30 club sites -- online or via your mobile device -- using the 2013 All-Star Game Ballot until July 4 at 8:59 p.m. PT.

Fans may submit 25 online ballots during the voting period, but can also earn a one-time bonus of 10 additional online ballots. To access these additional online ballots, you must be logged into your account when you submit any online ballot. If you do not have an account, visit and register in accordance with the enrollment instructions for a free account.

Fans can also once again participate in the Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league whom they would most like to see participate in the Home Run Derby. The 2013 Home Run Derby -- part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day -- will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 5 p.m. PT on July 15.

The 2013 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on July 7 on the 2013 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show, televised nationally on TBS. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the All-Star Game Final Vote sponsored by on

And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at via the 2013 All-Star Game MVP Vote, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.

The 2013 All-Star Game will be played at Citi Field on July 16. Come to for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.

The 84th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit

Fans who attend A's games at the Coliseum can fill out ballots there between April 25-May 25.

Outfielders Yoenis Cespedes and Josh Reddick join Crisp on the ballot, as does another one in Chris Young, who is listed as a designated hitter.

The A's are well-represented in the infield, with the sweet-swinging Jed Lowrie representing the club at shortstop. First baseman Brandon Moss and third baseman Josh Donaldson also appear on the ballot, along with new catcher John Jaso.

Jane Lee is a reporter for Read her blog, Major Lee-ague, and follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB.

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