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Stage is set: Twitter voting to count during final four hours of All-Star Game Final Vote sponsored by Firestone

Fans may vote via Twitter with designated player hashtags from 12-4 p.m. EDT; Races in fans' hands as balloting ends at 4 p.m. EDT; Follow @MLB for updates

The 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Firestone (#FinalVote) introduces a new element for this year's candidates as the Twitter support from their fans over the last four hours of balloting today will count toward their final vote total. From 12 - 4 p.m. EDT today any tweet that includes a designated player hashtag will be tabulated as part of the overall vote total used to determine the American League and National League winners. Fans may follow @MLB on the popular social networking service for the latest standings updates in advance of the 4 p.m. EDT balloting deadline.

The races in each League have tightened as the All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Firestone enters its final hours with more than 40 million votes cast and the expected late flurry of votes forthcoming. The current standings are:

American League
1. Yu Darvish (TEX) - #VoteYu
2. Jake Peavy (CWS) - #TakeJake
3. Jason Hammel (BAL) - #VoteHammel
4. Jonathan Broxton (KC) - #VoteBroxton
5. Ernesto Frieri (LAA) - #VoteFrieri

National League
1. David Freese (STL) - #FreesePlease
2. Bryce Harper (WSH) - #BryceIn12
3. Michael Bourn (ATL) - #VoteBourn
4. Aaron Hill (ARI) - #FinHillVote

Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones was removed from the ballot after he was named to the National League All-Star Team, replacing Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Fans also can use their mobile phones to vote at or via text message. To receive the All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Firestone mobile ballot, text the word "VOTE" to 89269. Msg&Data Rates May Apply. Mobile voting in Canada also is available and fans should text their choices to 101010. Std rates may apply.

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