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Ozuna voted ASG starter; Stanton selected

Marlins' left fielder will start Midsummer Classic at home ballpark
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It took a couple of injuries to get Marcell Ozuna into the starting lineup for the 2016 All-Star Game at Petco Park in San Diego. The Marlins' 26-year-old left fielder didn't need any unforeseen circumstance to land his spot this season. The fans decided.

On Sunday night, Ozuna was one of three outfielders voted in by the fans to start for the National League in the MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, set for July 11 at Marlins Park. He will be joined by outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, who was selected as a reserve.

It took a couple of injuries to get Marcell Ozuna into the starting lineup for the 2016 All-Star Game at Petco Park in San Diego. The Marlins' 26-year-old left fielder didn't need any unforeseen circumstance to land his spot this season. The fans decided.

On Sunday night, Ozuna was one of three outfielders voted in by the fans to start for the National League in the MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, set for July 11 at Marlins Park. He will be joined by outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, who was selected as a reserve.

The Marlins also have another potential All-Star with first baseman Justin Bour, who is one of five Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote candidates.

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"They appreciated my work and everything I have done this season," Ozuna said. "I say thanks to God first, and then I say thanks to everybody that voted for me. I'm glad about that."

Stanton matches Miguel Cabrera (2004-07) as the only Marlins to be selected four times. The slugger was also an All-Star in 2012, '14 and '15.

Last year in San Diego, Stanton won the T-Mobile Home Run Derby, and he will defend his crown in Miami.

"San Diego was fun having a bunch of us, as well," Stanton said. "But this will be even better being at home. We know where everything is. We're comfortable. It is going to be a lot of fun."

With Ozuna, there wasn't much doubt that he would be an All-Star. He's having an MVP-caliber season. It wasn't until last week's results that Ozuna moved past Jason Heyward of the Cubs for the third starting spot.

Ozuna is the first Miami player voted in by the fans to start since Stanton and second baseman Dee Gordon in 2015. However, neither played in the game due to injuries.

At Petco Park last year, Ozuna started in center field and went 1-for-2.

Ozuna punctuated his selection on Sunday by delivering two home runs in the Marlins' 10-3 win over the Brewers at Miller Park. His second blast came after some controversy, as the Brewers had his bat examined for having too much pine tar. Two of Ozuna's bats were discarded, and he used one of Stanton's and promptly homered to deep left field.

Video: MIA@MIL: Ozuna crushes two home runs against Brewers

"It doesn't matter what he's using right now," Stanton said. "He's been huge for us all year and consistent. He's peppering balls all over the place. He deserves to start, for sure."

Miami opens a four-game series at St. Louis on Monday.

Now a two-time All-Star, Ozuna is batting .316 with 22 home runs and 59 RBIs.

Stanton, 27, promises to be busy during the event. Along with appearing in the All-Star Game, he will participate in the Home Run Derby. Last year in San Diego, the right fielder set a Derby record with 61 homers.

"It's really cool," Stanton said. "You kind of look back at the everyday grind of the first half. The harder days you know paid off. To top it off, we're in Miami. It is going to be amazing. I'm looking forward to the Derby. Either way, the week was going to be cool, but this makes it even cooler."

Since moving to the second spot in the lineup, Stanton has become a force, and he's now batting .266 with 21 homers and 50 RBIs, plus an .882 OPS.

Video: ARI@MIA: Stanton sets Marlins record with solo HR

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 on Thursday. 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 on Thursday, 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.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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