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Beltran leads Cardinals hopefuls on All-Star ballot

WASHINGTON -- Carlos Beltran's career took him to New York City in 2005, the first of seven seasons he'd play as a Met. Now, he's looking for voters to send him back to the Big Apple.

Beltran highlights the eight Cardinals who dot this year's All-Star Game ballot, which Major League Baseball revealed on Wednesday. Voting for the 2013 Midsummer Classic begins immediately and will continue until Thursday, July 4, at 10:59 p.m. CT.

Last summer, Beltran was named an All-Star for the seventh time in his career. Four of those All-Star invites came when he was with the Mets, who are hosting the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field on Tuesday, July 16.

Beltran is one of three Cardinal players to carry the credentials of being selected as an All-Star multiple times. Matt Holliday has been named to six All-Star teams. Yadier Molina has been selected for each of the last four, though he didn't participate in the 2012 festivities due to a family situation.

The Cardinals had six players -- Beltran, Holliday, Molina, David Freese, Lance Lynn and Rafael Furcal -- chosen as All-Stars last season. Beltran and Rafael Furcal were voted as starters through the in-stadium and online balloting process. Fans will again have the opportunity to cast their votes for starters at and all 30 club sites -- online or via your mobile device -- using the 2013 All-Star Game Ballot.

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 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 15.

The 2013 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday, 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 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 also will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit Come to for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.

Other Cardinals appearing on this year's ballot include: first baseman Allen Craig, second baseman Matt Carpenter, shortstop Pete Kozma, third baseman Freese and center fielder Jon Jay. Craig, Carpenter and Kozma are all All-Star ballot first-timers. Though Carpenter and Daniel Descalso started an even number of times at second base through the team's first 18 games, it was Carpenter who earned a place on the ballot.

In-stadium voting at Busch Stadium will begin on Friday -- the first game during the team's upcoming homestand -- and will continue through June 6.

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB.

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