One National League West star is up and one is down in the races for All-Star Game starting spots, as voting remains ultra-competitive, evidenced by Tuesday's updated NL results.
The Giants' Melky Cabrera leap-frogged Ryan Braun of the Brewers to take over the third starting outfield spot behind the Dodgers' Matt Kemp and the Cardinals' Carlos Beltran this week. Meanwhile, Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal overtook the top spot at his position, ahead of the injured Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies.
All other projected starters for the NL squad remain the same in the weeks leading up to the 83rd All-Star Game on July 10 in Kansas City. The American League update was released on Monday, and Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton continues to pace all Major Leaguers with 5,414,880 votes.
Kemp (3,322,009) is the top vote-getter in the NL, just ahead of first-base leader Joey Votto of the Reds (3,151,032).
Fans can submit up to 25 ballots per email address with the All-Star Game Online Ballot, through June 28 exclusively at MLB.com and all 30 club sites, wired or mobile. Once that voting ends, then comes the always frenetic finish with the All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote from July 1-5 and the annual MVP vote during the All-Star Game to help decide who wins the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award.
Votto, the league leader in batting average, maintained his sizable cushion in the race for the first-base starting spot, ahead of Atlanta's Freddie Freeman (1,193,455). Meanwhile, Freeman's teammate, Dan Uggla (2,054,920), remains in the lead for the second-base spot ahead of Votto's teammate Brandon Phillips (1,272,389).
Furcal, who trailed Tulowitzki by a little more than 17,000 votes last week, leads the Rockies shortstop by more than 94,000 votes. Tulowitzki has been sidelined by injury since May 30, while Furcal has helped lead the defending World Series champs.
David Wright of the Mets (leading San Francisco's Pablo Sandoval by 364,891 votes) and Buster Posey of the Giants (ahead of St. Louis' Yadier Molina by just 153,438) remain the front-runners in the third base and catching polls, respectively.
Braun, the 2011 NL Most Valuable Player, remains well in the hunt for the final outfield spot, just 25,182 votes behind Cabrera. Andre Ethier of the Dodgers is fifth, but he is a little more than 600,000 behind Braun.
The MLB All-Star balloting program last year produced a record-shattering total of 32.5 million ballots cast. More than 20 million Firestone All-Star ballots were distributed at the 30 Major League ballparks and in approximately 100 Minor League ballparks.
When the in-stadium phase of balloting concludes on Friday, fans will have the opportunity to cast their ballots exclusively at MLB.com until 11:59 p.m. ET on June 28.
Firestone, the official tire of MLB, is once again the exclusive sponsor of the 2012 In-Stadium All-Star Balloting Program. The ballot features an All-Star sweepstakes, in which a winner will be rewarded with a trip for two to MLB All-Star Week, including airfare, hotel accommodations, tickets to the All-Star Game and other MLB All-Star Week events.
Scotts, the official lawn-care company of MLB, is once again the sponsor of the retail All-Star Balloting Program, which launched on May 4 in select Lowe's stores and Chevrolet dealerships across the country. The Scotts ballot includes an opportunity to enter for a chance to win a baseball field makeover using Scotts products for your community.
Banco BHD sponsors All-Star balloting in the Dominican Republic, making Spanish-language ballots available to fans in the Dominican Republic via LasMayores.com, the official Spanish-language website of MLB, and at All-Star balloting terminals across more than 80 branches. Coors Light provides offline All-Star balloting in 60 Wal-Mart and Amigo convenience stores throughout Puerto Rico, through Sunday.
The 2012 rosters will be unveiled July 1 on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Taco Bell, televised nationally on TBS. The AL All-Star team will have nine elected starters via the fan balloting program, while the NL squad will have eight fan-elected starters. The pitchers and reserves for both squads -- 25 for the NL and 24 for the AL -- will be determined through a combination of Player Ballot choices and selections made by the two All-Star managers -- AL skipper Ron Washington of the Rangers and NL manager Tony La Russa -- in conjunction with MLB.
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. Pregame ceremonies will begin at 8 p.m. ET. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.
NATIONAL LEAGUE ALL-STAR VOTING TOTALS
Joey Votto, Reds: 3,151,032
Freddie Freeman, Braves: 1,193,455
Lance Berkman, Cardinals: 1,159,418
Brandon Belt, Giants: 907,739
Ryan Howard, Phillies: 677,368
Dan Uggla, Braves: 2,054,920
Brandon Phillips, Reds: 1,272,389
Jose Altuve, Astros: 1,074,993
Omar Infante, Marlins: 901,970
Rickie Weeks, Brewers: 814,263
David Wright, Mets: 1,977,388
Pablo Sandoval, Giants: 1,612,497
Chipper Jones, Braves: 1,547,221
David Freese, Cardinals: 1,540,085
Placido Polanco, Phillies: 912,648
Rafael Furcal, Cardinals: 1,741,360
Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies: 1,647,235
Starlin Castro, Cubs: 1,006,333
Jimmy Rollins, Phillies: 983,520
Brandon Crawford, Giants: 935,216
Buster Posey, Giants: 2,445,005
Yadier Molina, Cardinals: 2,291,567
Carlos Ruiz, Phillies: 1,756,018
Brian McCann, Braves: 1,471,797
Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers: 768,317
Matt Kemp, Dodgers: 3,322,009
Carlos Beltran, Cardinals: 2,652,980
Melky Cabrera, Giants: 2,144,107
Ryan Braun, Brewers: 2,118,925
Andre Ethier, Dodgers: 1,517,218
Matt Holliday, Cardinals: 1,374,004
Hunter Pence, Phillies: 1,234,428
Michael Bourn, Braves: 1,201,215
Angel Pagan, Giants: 1,158,500
Andrew McCutchen, Pirates: 1,151,403
Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies: 1,120,406
Jason Heyward, Braves: 1,049,769
Shane Victorino, Phillies: 1,039,970
Martin Prado, Braves: 893,995
Jay Bruce, Reds: 893,101