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Twitter votes add twist to Freese's Final bid

ST. LOUIS -- Only a few hours remain in the All-Star Game Final Vote presented by Firestone, and the opportunity for David Freese to be invited to his first All-Star Game remains in the hands of the fans.

As of Thursday morning, Freese was still the leading vote-getter on the National League ballot, sitting ahead of three other All-Star hopefuls: Washington's Bryce Harper, Atlanta's Michael Bourn and Arizona's Aaron Hill.

"They're doing what they can," Freese said of the support he's been getting.

In addition to voting online and via text, fans can also cast votes via Twitter during the final four hours of the competition. From 11 a.m.-3 p.m. CT, all tweets including a player's designated hashtag will be counted with the overall vote total. Freese's hashtag is #FreesePlease.

Also, the @MLB Twitter account will be providing standings updates until voting ends.

Now in its 11th year, the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote presented by Firestone gives baseball fans around the world the opportunity to select the final player on each All-Star team. Balloting began immediately following Sunday's MLB All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Taco Bell. The winners will be announced on MLB.com shortly after balloting concludes.

To receive the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote presented by Firestone mobile ballot, text the word "VOTE" to 89269. To vote for Freese, simply text message N2 to 89269. Mobile voting in Canada also is available and fans should text their choices to 101010. Standard rates may apply.

Freese pushed his RBI total to 50 on Wednesday with a two-run single. The only NL third baseman with more this season is Mets All-Star David Wright. Freese is batting .285, and .282 with runners in scoring position. He ranks second among all NL third baseman with 13 home runs.

The Cardinals and White Sox also continue to push their Final Vote allaince, designed to increase support for two Central division candidates. As of Thursday morning, White Sox starter Jake Peavy ranked second in the American League Final Vote competition. Peavy's designated Twitter hashtag is #TakeJake.

There will be an extra treat for fans as a thanks for participating in the Final Vote. If you are not a current subscriber to MLB.TV or MLB.TV Premium, you will be offered the opportunity to receive a free trial of up to 14 days of 2012 MLB.TV from Friday through July 20. If you are a current subscriber, you will receive a 15-percent discount to the MLB.com Shop. MLB.com will send an email on Friday to all eligible Final Vote voters with instructions on how to redeem the applicable offer.

Balloting will be progressively intense, social media and hashtagging will be key, and you will get updates right here every day along the way, and remember to pay attention on the Fourth of July. Be sure to include #FinalVote with your tweets.

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 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.

ST. LOUIS -- Only a few hours remain in the All-Star Game Final Vote presented by Firestone, and the opportunity for David Freese to be invited to his first All-Star Game remains in the hands of the fans.

As of Thursday morning, Freese was still the leading vote-getter on the National League ballot, sitting ahead of three other All-Star hopefuls: Washington's Bryce Harper, Atlanta's Michael Bourn and Arizona's Aaron Hill.

"They're doing what they can," Freese said of the support he's been getting.

In addition to voting online and via text, fans can also cast votes via Twitter during the final four hours of the competition. From 11 a.m.-3 p.m. CT, all tweets including a player's designated hashtag will be counted with the overall vote total. Freese's hashtag is #FreesePlease.

Also, the @MLB Twitter account will be providing standings updates until voting ends.

Now in its 11th year, the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote presented by Firestone gives baseball fans around the world the opportunity to select the final player on each All-Star team. Balloting began immediately following Sunday's MLB All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Taco Bell. The winners will be announced on MLB.com shortly after balloting concludes.

To receive the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote presented by Firestone mobile ballot, text the word "VOTE" to 89269. To vote for Freese, simply text message N2 to 89269. Mobile voting in Canada also is available and fans should text their choices to 101010. Standard rates may apply.

Freese pushed his RBI total to 50 on Wednesday with a two-run single. The only NL third baseman with more this season is Mets All-Star David Wright. Freese is batting .285, and .282 with runners in scoring position. He ranks second among all NL third baseman with 13 home runs.

The Cardinals and White Sox also continue to push their Final Vote allaince, designed to increase support for two Central division candidates. As of Thursday morning, White Sox starter Jake Peavy ranked second in the American League Final Vote competition. Peavy's designated Twitter hashtag is #TakeJake.

There will be an extra treat for fans as a thanks for participating in the Final Vote. If you are not a current subscriber to MLB.TV or MLB.TV Premium, you will be offered the opportunity to receive a free trial of up to 14 days of 2012 MLB.TV from Friday through July 20. If you are a current subscriber, you will receive a 15-percent discount to the MLB.com Shop. MLB.com will send an email on Friday to all eligible Final Vote voters with instructions on how to redeem the applicable offer.

Balloting will be progressively intense, social media and hashtagging will be key, and you will get updates right here every day along the way, and remember to pay attention on the Fourth of July. Be sure to include #FinalVote with your tweets.

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 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.

St. Louis Cardinals, David Freese