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Reynolds 4th in Final Vote; voting ends today

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DENVER -- Mark Reynolds continues to trail in the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote, but received some help from his friendly neighborhood NFL team.

With Reynolds sitting in fourth place of the Final Vote, the NFL's Carolina Panthers gave Reynolds a boost on social media Wednesday afternoon. Rockies manager Bud Black said before Tuesday's 8-1 loss to the Reds that Reynolds is neighbors with Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and also friends with former Panthers receiver Steve Smith Sr.

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DENVER -- Mark Reynolds continues to trail in the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote, but received some help from his friendly neighborhood NFL team.

With Reynolds sitting in fourth place of the Final Vote, the NFL's Carolina Panthers gave Reynolds a boost on social media Wednesday afternoon. Rockies manager Bud Black said before Tuesday's 8-1 loss to the Reds that Reynolds is neighbors with Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and also friends with former Panthers receiver Steve Smith Sr.

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Fans can also show their support for Reynolds by tweeting #BeLikeMark, and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. MT on Thursday, any tweet that includes #BeLikeMark will count toward his vote total.

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Reynolds is behind Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner -- who leads with 12.7 million votes -- Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant and Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon. Marlins first baseman Justin Bour is in fifth.

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His Rockies teammates are still pulling for him, along with the Panthers.

"He's had such a good year. It's unfortunate, but it happens every year with someone, or several people," said Rockies closer Greg Holland, who was named to his third All-Star Game this year. "I think it's just gonna take the support of the Rockies fans, and hopefully they get on their phones and their computers and get it done."

Reynolds and the Rockies have also entered into a social media alliance of sorts with the Yankees and shortstop Didi Gregorius, who is on the American League ballot. Each NL team has an alliance with an AL team, and they are grouped somewhat thematically. The Rockies-Yankees connection likely stems from Reynolds' short stint in the Bronx.

Tampa Bay and Miami teamed up for an all-Florida vote, with Rays first baseman Logan Morrison and Bour both on the ballot. The other alliances are Bryant and Red Sox infielder Xander Bogaerts, Rendon and Rangers infielder Elvis Andrus and Turner and Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas. Turner and Moustakas lead their respective leagues.

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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.

Max Gelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver.

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