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Bryant needs boost for Final Vote from fans

Third baseman is one of five NL players vying for final roster spot
MLB.com @CarrieMuskat

CINCINNATI -- Cubs fans helped get Anthony Rizzo to the All-Star Game via the Final Vote in 2014 and now his teammate, Kris Bryant, needs a boost.

Bryant is one of five players in the 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com, competing for a spot on the National League All-Star team with the Marlins' Justin Bour, the Nationals' Anthony Rendon, the Rockies' Mark Reynolds and the Dodgers' Justin Turner. The 2017 MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard will be played July 11 in Miami. Voting ends at 3 p.m. CT on Thursday. Fans can show their support for Bryant by tweeting with #VoteKB, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, any tweet that includes #VoteKB will count toward his vote total.

CINCINNATI -- Cubs fans helped get Anthony Rizzo to the All-Star Game via the Final Vote in 2014 and now his teammate, Kris Bryant, needs a boost.

Bryant is one of five players in the 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com, competing for a spot on the National League All-Star team with the Marlins' Justin Bour, the Nationals' Anthony Rendon, the Rockies' Mark Reynolds and the Dodgers' Justin Turner. The 2017 MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard will be played July 11 in Miami. Voting ends at 3 p.m. CT on Thursday. Fans can show their support for Bryant by tweeting with #VoteKB, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, any tweet that includes #VoteKB will count toward his vote total.

The reigning NL Most Valuable Player, Bryant had been leading in the early fan balloting among NL third basemen, but the Rockies' Nolan Arenado won the starting spot.

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At last year's All-Star Game, Bryant got off to a good start by hitting a home run off then-White Sox pitcher Chris Sale with two outs in the first inning.

In 2014, Rizzo won the Final Vote, edging Justin Morneau and Justin Upton in a close race, to go to his first All-Star Game.

"It'll be cool -- it's a cool experience to go through," Bryant said. "It's an honor to be included. I'm excited to see how it plays out. We have so many fans, especially after last year [and winning the World Series]. Hopefully, they get out the vote."

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Bryant and Rizzo also were talking about how many qualified candidates there were at first and third in the NL.

"[Arenado] is tough competition," Bryant said. "He only pushes me to be better."

Fans can cast ballots for the 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com, Club sites and their mobile devices until 4 p.m. ET today. The winners, as chosen exclusively by online fan voting totals, will then be announced during "MLB Tonight" live on MLB Network and MLB.com at 6 p.m. Extensive coverage throughout the Final Vote will be provided by MLB Network and MLB.com, including interviews with the candidates, frequent updates, heat maps indicating where votes are being cast for each candidate, news on player and club campaigns, and a running countdown clock leading up to the announcement.

Now in its 16th season, with more than 680 million votes cast, the Final Vote again will include social votes on the last day of balloting, as Twitter support for the 10 candidates over the final six hours of balloting will count toward their vote totals. From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. ET today, any tweet that includes a designated player hashtag will be tabulated as part of the official vote total used to determine the winners.

On Tuesday, July 11, at 7:30 p.m. ET, tune in to the 2017 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard live on FOX, and during the game visit MLB.com to submit your choice for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet via the 2017 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote. The 88th All-Star Game, in Miami, will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB.com, MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.

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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