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Vote to push Scooter to top of All-Star voting

Second baseman closing gap with NL leader; Votto, Suarez remain in top 5
MLB.com @m_sheldon

CINCINNATI -- With only a few days left in balloting for the 2018 All-Star Game, the Reds' Scooter Gennett has moved up from third to second place among National League second basemen in the latest voting totals released on Monday.

VOTE: 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot

CINCINNATI -- With only a few days left in balloting for the 2018 All-Star Game, the Reds' Scooter Gennett has moved up from third to second place among National League second basemen in the latest voting totals released on Monday.

VOTE: 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot

Gennett has also closed the gap with the leader, Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies. Gennett had 1,689,393 votes as of Monday's update, while Albies had 1,857,185. That's a gap of nearly 168,000 votes, an improvement over last week's difference of around 242,000 votes.

"I woke up, and my wife said, 'You're in second, great,'" Gennett said. "It's not important to me, but at the same time it's nice to see that there are some people out there that are recognizing what I'm doing and support me, and the Reds fans are supporting me as well."

Video: DET@CIN: Gennett rips game-tying 2-run HR in the 6th

Entering play on Monday, Gennett led the NL in hitting with a .332 average to go along with 13 home runs and 54 RBIs.

Javier Baez of the Cubs is third with 1,586,888 votes. Joe Panik of the Giants and Logan Forsythe of the Dodgers remained in a distant fourth and fifth place, respectively.

After one week outside of the Top 5 among NL first basemen, Cincinnati's Joey Votto was back in fifth place with 479,803 votes, well behind NL lead vote-getter Freddie Freeman of the Braves (2,905,301). In between Freeman and Votto were Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs, Brandon Belt of the Giants and Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers.

Video: CIN@PIT: Votto lines a double to right, plates a pair

Over at third base, the Reds' Eugenio Suarez remained in fourth place with 601,219 votes. Leader Nolan Arenado of the Rockies has 2,326,711 votes, with Kris Bryant of the Cubs in second, followed by Johan Carmago. Justin Turner of the Dodgers was behind Suarez.

Fans may cast votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on computers, tablets and smartphones -- exclusively online using the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot until Thursday at 11:59 p.m. ET. On smartphones and tablets, fans can also access the ballot via the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark mobile apps. Each fan can vote up to five times in any 24-hour period, for a maximum of 35 ballots cast.

Following the announcement of this year's All-Star starters, reserves and pitchers, fans should return to MLB.com and cast their 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Final Vote for the final player on each league's roster. Then on Tuesday, July 17, while watching the 2018 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 2018 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.

The 89th Midsummer Classic, at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish-language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, please visit AllStarGame.com and follow @MLB and @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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