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Mauer needs some support in All-Star vote

MINNEAPOLIS -- Joe Mauer is in third place in votes for catcher in the American League balloting for the 2012 All-Star Game, according to the first All-Star ballot update released on Tuesday.

Mauer has bounced back from a down 2011 campaign that was marked by various injuries, as he's hitting .298 with a .407 on-base percentage and .419 slugging percentage in 52 games. The backstop also has three homers, 12 doubles, 25 RBIs and 31 runs.

His .298 batting average and .407 on-base percentage are tops in the AL among catchers entering Tuesday. He also leads AL catchers in runs and doubles.

Mauer is a four-time All-Star and was voted in as a starter from 2008-10. He was also the leading vote getter in the Majors in '10.

He's the only Twins player in the top 5 at their position in vote getting, including outfielder Josh Willingham, who didn't rank in the top 15 among AL outfielders despite an impressive showing at the plate so far this season.

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via your mobile device -- using the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday, June 28, at 10:59 p.m. CT.

Fans can also once again participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby. The 2012 State Farm 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 7 p.m. CT on Monday, July 9.

The 2012 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 1, on the 2012 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 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com.

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 MLB.com via the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.

The 2012 All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, July 10. Come to MLB.com for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.

The 83rd 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 Sirius XM also will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.

Other Twins on the ballot are designated hitter Justin Morneau, second baseman Alexi Casilla, shortstop Jamey Carroll, and outfielders Denard Span and Ben Revere. First baseman Chris Parmelee and third baseman Danny Valencia are also on the ballot, but are at Triple-A Rochester.

MINNEAPOLIS -- Joe Mauer is in third place in votes for catcher in the American League balloting for the 2012 All-Star Game, according to the first All-Star ballot update released on Tuesday.

Mauer has bounced back from a down 2011 campaign that was marked by various injuries, as he's hitting .298 with a .407 on-base percentage and .419 slugging percentage in 52 games. The backstop also has three homers, 12 doubles, 25 RBIs and 31 runs.

His .298 batting average and .407 on-base percentage are tops in the AL among catchers entering Tuesday. He also leads AL catchers in runs and doubles.

Mauer is a four-time All-Star and was voted in as a starter from 2008-10. He was also the leading vote getter in the Majors in '10.

He's the only Twins player in the top 5 at their position in vote getting, including outfielder Josh Willingham, who didn't rank in the top 15 among AL outfielders despite an impressive showing at the plate so far this season.

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via your mobile device -- using the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday, June 28, at 10:59 p.m. CT.

Fans can also once again participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby. The 2012 State Farm 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 7 p.m. CT on Monday, July 9.

The 2012 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 1, on the 2012 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 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com.

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 MLB.com via the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.

The 2012 All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, July 10. Come to MLB.com for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.

The 83rd 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 Sirius XM also will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.

Other Twins on the ballot are designated hitter Justin Morneau, second baseman Alexi Casilla, shortstop Jamey Carroll, and outfielders Denard Span and Ben Revere. First baseman Chris Parmelee and third baseman Danny Valencia are also on the ballot, but are at Triple-A Rochester.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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