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Give Cubs a final All-Star Ballot boost

Bryant, Rizzo, Heyward among those in mix for NL starting spots
MLB.com @CarrieMuskat

WASHINGTON -- The Cubs' Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Jason Heyward need some votes this week in order to start in the 2017 MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, which will be played July 11 in Miami.

Bryant has received 1,978,692 votes in the latest Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot update, released Monday, while the Rockies' Nolan Arenado is close behind with 1,920,610. Bryant is bidding for his second consecutive fan-elected start, while Arenado is trying to become the first Rockies third baseman to earn a fan election.

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WASHINGTON -- The Cubs' Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Jason Heyward need some votes this week in order to start in the 2017 MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, which will be played July 11 in Miami.

Bryant has received 1,978,692 votes in the latest Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot update, released Monday, while the Rockies' Nolan Arenado is close behind with 1,920,610. Bryant is bidding for his second consecutive fan-elected start, while Arenado is trying to become the first Rockies third baseman to earn a fan election.

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Rizzo ranks second to the Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman in the NL voting at first base. Rizzo has received 1,601,245 votes, while Zimmerman leads the NL field with 1,728,607. Rizzo has reached base safely in 17 of his past 18 starts, and he has thrived in the leadoff spot.

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The Nationals' Bryce Harper and the Rockies' Charlie Blackmon lead the NL outfield race, and the Marlins' Marcell Ozuna has passed Heyward to move into third. Ozuna has received 1,270,464 votes while Heyward has 1,241,194. The Cubs' Ben Zobrist is fifth with 1,122,946 votes.

Chicago's Javier Baez was second among NL second basemen as the Nationals' Daniel Murphy has received more than 3 million votes. Baez has totaled 1,654,829 so far. Willson Contreras (1,216,513 votes) was second among NL catchers to the Giants' Buster Posey (2,530,713) and Addison Russell (1,204,204) was third among shortstops behind the Reds' Zack Cozart (1,915,806) and the Dodgers' Corey Seager (1,657,732).

Cozart is aiming for his first career All-Star selection, while Seager is attempting to earn his first starting assignment and second All-Star selection overall in his second full season.

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The Cubs made All-Star history last year by becoming the second team to have its entire infield start an All-Star Game, as Rizzo, Zobrist, Russell and Bryant were elected to the NL team. The only other team to accomplish that feat was the 1963 Cardinals.

How many players from the defending World Series champs will make it this time? 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 at 10:59 p.m. CT. 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.

The Esurance All-Star Selection Show will take place on Sunday at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN. Following the unveiling 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.

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

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