Upton needs help in All-Star voting
Padres outfielder slips to seventh in latest NL ballot update
SAN FRANCISCO -- Justin Upton ranks seventh among National League outfielders in the latest round of voting for the All-Star Game next month in Cincinnati.
In the latest balloting results for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game, released Tuesday, Upton has 2,213,802 votes. He slipped one spot from last week.
Upton could still make a late charge and is facing a team Tuesday -- the Padres open a three-game series against the Giants at AT&T Park -- he's had success against this season.
Upton entered Tuesday hitting .304 with two home runs in seven games against the Giants this season.
He's a two-time All-Star, but he has not been selected to participate since 2011.
Derek Norris, whose 28 extra-base hits led all Major League catchers entering Tuesday, was not among the NL catchers. He was fourth on the ballot last week.
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In addition to Upton and Norris, third baseman Will Middlebrooks, outfielders Wil Myers and Matt Kemp, second baseman Jedd Gyorko, shortstop Alexi Amarista and first baseman Yonder Alonso are also on the ballot.