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Rosario needs Final Vote support to make ASG

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Eddie Rosario has kept the Twins' offense afloat for much of the season, but will need some last-minute help from Minnesota fans if he hopes to notch his first All-Star Game appearance.

VOTE Rosario: 2018 Camping World MLB Final Vote

MINNEAPOLIS -- Eddie Rosario has kept the Twins' offense afloat for much of the season, but will need some last-minute help from Minnesota fans if he hopes to notch his first All-Star Game appearance.

VOTE Rosario: 2018 Camping World MLB Final Vote

Rosario is one of five players up for the final American League roster spot as part of the Camping World MLB Final Vote for the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard at Nationals Park, as announced Sunday on ESPN. On Tuesday, the 26-year-old outfielder was ranked fourth in the American League field behind the Mariners' Jean Segura, the Red Sox's Andrew Benintendi and the Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton.

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If Rosario wins the Final Vote, he will join Minnesota starting pitcher Jose Berrios. The duo came up together through the Minnesota organization, both splitting time between the Majors and Triple-A Rochester in 2016 before breaking through as full time big leaguers last season.

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"I'm happy for him. He's my brother Puerto Rican," Rosario said of Berrios. "He's working hard. This is a dream for both of us. When I see Berrios' face, I felt proud of him."

Minnesota manager Paul Molitor has proclaimed for much of the season that he believes Rosario, as well as Twins utilityman Eduardo Escobar, both deserve plenty of All-Star consideration.

"Things change," Molitor said. "People back out. People get hurt. We've got the vote with Rosie. I hope people respond. We're going to do whatever we can to do our part. I think he's played like an All-Star. As much as [Escobar], 51 extra-base hits, a lot of things that are really impressive about his first half. To pick one of those guys over the other is tough to do as what they've contributed to our team. I know our crew here, we're going to do everything we can to get Rosie in that game and hopefully Esco gets a chance, too, if something happens."

Fans can cast votes for the final player on each league's roster -- on computers, tablets and smartphones -- exclusively online as part of the 2018 Camping World MLB Final Vote, as well as via the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark mobile apps, until Wednesday at 3 p.m. CT.

Then on Tuesday, July 17, while watching the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard live on FOX, fans can submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet with the 2018 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote.

The 89th Midsummer Classic, at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish-language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.comand SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage.

For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, visit AllStarGame.com and follow @MLB and @AllStarGame on social media.

Jarrid Denney is a contributor to MLB.com based in Minneapolis.

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