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LoMo lands on Final Vote ballot for ASG

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BALTIMORE -- Logan Morrison could be joining Corey Dickerson as a member of the American League All-Star team as the Rays first baseman was announced as one of the AL's five Final Vote candidates. Voting ends at 4 p.m. ET on Thursday. Fans can show their support for Morrison by tweeting with #GoLoMo, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, any tweet that includes #GoLoMo will count toward his vote total.

Earlier, Dickerson was announced as the leading vote-getter for the AL DH spot.

BALTIMORE -- Logan Morrison could be joining Corey Dickerson as a member of the American League All-Star team as the Rays first baseman was announced as one of the AL's five Final Vote candidates. Voting ends at 4 p.m. ET on Thursday. Fans can show their support for Morrison by tweeting with #GoLoMo, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, any tweet that includes #GoLoMo will count toward his vote total.

Earlier, Dickerson was announced as the leading vote-getter for the AL DH spot.

"If you're not first, you're last, that kind of deal, that's what it feels like," Morrison said. "You know you're not on the team, but you might be. So it's a little weird. I don't know, I'm not a politician. I'm just here to play baseball and help the Rays win baseball games. It will be an honor if I make it. If not, oh well."

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For Morrison to be voted onto the team, he'll have to finish ahead of Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus, Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts, Yankees shortstp Didi Gregorius, and Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas.

Being a Final Vote candidate is just a part of the redemption story Morrison is writing this season. The once-promising prospect entered the 2017 season in the midst of a two-year tailspin. That tailspin appears as though it's over.

Morrison homered twice on Saturday to establish a single-season career high with 24. After the Rays' 7-1 loss to the Orioles on Sunday, he was hitting .256 with 57 RBIs.

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.

Morrison is in his eighth Major League season and has never been an All-Star. After a subpar 2015, Morrison was a free agent without any takers. The Rays eventually decided to sign him and the move paid off.

Included in Morrison's journey with the Rays was a stagnant beginning in his first season, 2016, when he did not have a home run or an RBI in the first month of play.

"The way he carries himself in the clubhouse is what goes unseen by many," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "It's still to this day one of the most impressive things I've seen from any player, teammate, or guy that I've coached is how he struggled last year and never changed. Stayed the same guy, and was extremely accountable through that. Kind of saw the light at the end of the tunnel and turned it on at the end of last year and hasn't stopped since."

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2004.

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