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McCutchen needs votes to be All-Star starter

PHILADELPHIA -- Andrew McCutchen has made another jump in All-Star Game balloting, but time is quickly running out for Pirates fans to help their center fielder earn a starting spot for the July 10 Midsummer Classic in Kansas City.

McCutchen moved up three spots to seventh place among National League outfielders in the latest voting update from Major League Baseball on Tuesday. The center fielder has garnered 1,685,543 votes, but remains 1,483,074 out of a starting spot.

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 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday at 11:59 p.m. ET.

The Dodgers' Matt Kemp is the far and away the leader among NL outfielders with 4,118,524. Carlos Beltran (3,717,483 votes) of the Cardinals and Milwaukee's Ryan Bruan (3,168,617 votes) would round out the starting spots if voting ended on Tuesday.

McCutchen, the Pirates' only position players who cracked the standings at any position, has had a huge part in the club's success this season. His .339 batting average is .80 points higher than the Pirates' player with the next best average (Neil Walker). He's tied for the team lead with 13 home runs and leads the team with 46 RBIs, 39 runs scored and 14 stolen bases.

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 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 9.

The 2012 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday 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 in Kansas City 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 will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.

PHILADELPHIA -- Andrew McCutchen has made another jump in All-Star Game balloting, but time is quickly running out for Pirates fans to help their center fielder earn a starting spot for the July 10 Midsummer Classic in Kansas City.

McCutchen moved up three spots to seventh place among National League outfielders in the latest voting update from Major League Baseball on Tuesday. The center fielder has garnered 1,685,543 votes, but remains 1,483,074 out of a starting spot.

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 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday at 11:59 p.m. ET.

The Dodgers' Matt Kemp is the far and away the leader among NL outfielders with 4,118,524. Carlos Beltran (3,717,483 votes) of the Cardinals and Milwaukee's Ryan Bruan (3,168,617 votes) would round out the starting spots if voting ended on Tuesday.

McCutchen, the Pirates' only position players who cracked the standings at any position, has had a huge part in the club's success this season. His .339 batting average is .80 points higher than the Pirates' player with the next best average (Neil Walker). He's tied for the team lead with 13 home runs and leads the team with 46 RBIs, 39 runs scored and 14 stolen bases.

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 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 9.

The 2012 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday 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 in Kansas City 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 will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.

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

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