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With help, Kemp could be NL starting OF

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ATLANTA -- Braves outfielder Matt Kemp remains in position possibly to gain the honor to serve as one of the National League's starting outfielders during this year's All-Star Game.

When the latest Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot update was released Monday, Kemp still ranked fifth among outfielders, but he was within 100,000 votes of Jason Heyward, who ranks third and thus would garner that final outfield starting spot if the voting ended today.

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ATLANTA -- Braves outfielder Matt Kemp remains in position possibly to gain the honor to serve as one of the National League's starting outfielders during this year's All-Star Game.

When the latest Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot update was released Monday, Kemp still ranked fifth among outfielders, but he was within 100,000 votes of Jason Heyward, who ranks third and thus would garner that final outfield starting spot if the voting ended today.

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The other Braves listed as leaders within this NL update were Brandon Phillips, who ranks fourth among second basemen and the injured Freddie Freeman, who ranks fourth among first basemen.

Bryce Harper leads NL outfielders with 1,459,235 votes and Charlie Blackmon ranks second with 979,961 votes. The next top three vote-getters in this category are Heyward (737,147 votes), Ben Zobrist (678,795) and Kemp (641,728).

Among NL outfielders, Kemp ranks second with a .326 batting average, sixth with a .910 OPS and eighth with 138 Weighted Runs Created Plus.

Daniel Murphy leads NL second basemen with 1,745,231 votes and Javier Baez ranks second with 1,029,025 votes. DJ LeMahieu (287,131), Phillips (261,704) and Kolten Wong (226,981) round out the top five vote-getters within this group.

• Cast your Esurance All-Star ballot for Kemp and other #ASGWorthy players

Fans may cast votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on computers, tablets and smartphones -- exclusively online using the 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday, June 29, at 11:59 p.m. ET. On smartphones and tablets, fans can also access the ballot via the MLB.com At Bat and MLB.com Ballpark mobile apps. Vote up to five times in any 24-hour period for a maximum of 35 ballots cast.

Following the announcement of the 2017 All-Star starters, reserves and pitchers, fans should return to MLB.com and cast their 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the final player on each league's All-Star roster. Then on Tuesday, July 11, while watching the 2017 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard live on FOX, fans may visit MLB.com to submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet with the 2017 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.

The 88th Midsummer Classic, at Marlins Park in Miami, will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM will have comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, please visit AllStarGame.com and follow @AllStarGame on social media.

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.

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