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Cozart surges into voting lead at SS for ASG

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CINCINNATI -- Reds shortstop Zack Cozart has zoomed to the top of the leaderboard among National League shortstops in the latest update of the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot on Monday.

Cozart, who was in third place in the first update and in second place a week ago, has moved ahead of the Dodgers' Kyle Seager with 997,966 votes. Seager now trails with 804,788 votes. Addison Russell of the Cubs is third with 758,037 votes, Trea Turner of the Nationals is fourth with 502,988 votes and Chris Owings of the D-backs rounds out the top five with 426,590 votes.

CINCINNATI -- Reds shortstop Zack Cozart has zoomed to the top of the leaderboard among National League shortstops in the latest update of the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot on Monday.

Cozart, who was in third place in the first update and in second place a week ago, has moved ahead of the Dodgers' Kyle Seager with 997,966 votes. Seager now trails with 804,788 votes. Addison Russell of the Cubs is third with 758,037 votes, Trea Turner of the Nationals is fourth with 502,988 votes and Chris Owings of the D-backs rounds out the top five with 426,590 votes.

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The Reds have not had a player elected to the All-Star Game since Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips in 2013. Cozart would become the first Reds shortstop to earn a fan election since Hall of Famer Barry Larkin earned starting assignments from the fans in 1999 and 2000.

For the first time in balloting, Votto entered the leaderboard at his position. The veteran slugger is in fifth place with 334,802 votes, and he trails leader Ryan Zimmerman (1,060,532 votes), Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs (950,851), Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt (560,456) and Freddie Freeman of the Braves (522,827).

Among outfielders, Reds left fielder Adam Duvall has moved up from 13th to 10th place this week, with 379,541 votes.

The next ballot update will be on June 19.

Fans may cast votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on computers, tablets and smartphones -- exclusively online using the 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday, June 29, at 11:59 p.m. ET. On smartphones and tablets, fans can also access the ballot via the MLB.com At Bat and MLB.com Ballpark mobile apps. Vote up to five times in any 24-hour period for a maximum of 35 ballots cast.

Following the announcement of the 2017 All-Star starters, reserves and pitchers, fans should return to MLB.com and cast their 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the final player on each league's All-Star roster. Then on Tuesday, July 11, while watching the 2017 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard live on FOX, fans may visit MLB.com to submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet with the 2017 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.

The 88th Midsummer Classic, at Marlins Park in Miami, will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM will have comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, please visit AllStarGame.com and follow @AllStarGame on social media.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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