PITTSBURGH -- With four days left in the voting process, Pirates fans have work to do to get one of the team's players into the starting lineup for the July 12 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard in San Diego.Pirates outfielders Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte were represented on the latest All-Star ballot
PITTSBURGH -- With four days left in the voting process, Pirates fans have work to do to get one of the team's players into the starting lineup for the July 12 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard in San Diego.
Pirates outfielders Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte were represented on the latest All-Star ballot on Monday, but Gregory Polanco dropped out of the top 15 in outfielders, and Josh Harrison dropped out of the top 5 in second basemen.
Marte has now hopped over McCutchen, and ranks eighth with 893,952 votes, while McCutchen has dropped to ninth with 816,079 votes.
Marte has the strongest argument for a bid, though the Pirates have gone through a slump in June, because of his consistent play, hitting .368 this month. He currently ranks third in the Majors with 20 stolen bases.
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Jorge Soler sits one spot above Marte in seventh with 992,174 votes, and Dexter Fowler leads all outfielders with 2,320,877 votes.
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on their computers, tablets and smartphones -- exclusively online using the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday, June 30, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Vote up to five times in any 24-hour period for a maximum of 35 times.
Fans may also receive the ballot by texting VOTE to 89269 (USA) or 101010 (Canada). Or text VOTA for a ballot in Spanish. Message and data rates may apply. Up to five messages. No purchase required. Reply STOP to cancel. Reply HELP for info.
Following the announcement of the 2016 All-Stars, be sure to return to MLB.com and cast your 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the final player on each league's All-Star roster. On Tuesday, July 12, watch the 2016 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 2016 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.
The 87th All-Star Game, in San Diego, 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.
Sarah K. Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Pittsburgh.