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Cozart holds shortstop lead in All-Star votes

Making case to be first NL starter for Reds since 2013
MLB.com @m_sheldon

ST. PETERSBURG -- On the same Monday it was learned he would need to be placed on the 10-day disabled list for a right quadriceps strain, the Reds' Zack Cozart also received the good news that he remained the leader in votes among National League shortstops on the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

For the second week in a row, Cozart led Kyle Seager of the Dodgers. Cozart has 1,465,327 votes over Seager's 1,143,767 votes. Addison Russell of the Cubs is third with 967,495 votes; Trea Turner of the Nationals is fourth with 652,507 votes and Chris Owings of the D-backs was fifth with 541,960 votes.

ST. PETERSBURG -- On the same Monday it was learned he would need to be placed on the 10-day disabled list for a right quadriceps strain, the Reds' Zack Cozart also received the good news that he remained the leader in votes among National League shortstops on the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

For the second week in a row, Cozart led Kyle Seager of the Dodgers. Cozart has 1,465,327 votes over Seager's 1,143,767 votes. Addison Russell of the Cubs is third with 967,495 votes; Trea Turner of the Nationals is fourth with 652,507 votes and Chris Owings of the D-backs was fifth with 541,960 votes.

If Cozart were to be elected by the fans, he would be the first player from the Reds to start in the All-Star Game, presented by MasterCard, since Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips in 2013.

Cast your Esurance All-Star ballot for Cozart and other #ASGWorthy players

Also for the second straight week, Votto remained in fifth place with 517,833 votes. Ryan Zimmerman of the Nationals leads NL first basemen with (1,404,251 votes) and was followed by the Cubs' Anthony Rizzo (1,247,219 votes), Paul Goldschmidt of the D-backs (828,361) and Freddie Freeman of the Braves (637,030).

Reds left fielder Adam Duvall was still in 10th place with 532,243 votes.

Video: CIN@SD: Votto encourages fans to vote for Cozart

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 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 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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