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Utley keeps hold of top 2B spot in NL All-Star tally

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PHILADELPHIA -- Chase Utley remains the top choice at second base for the National League in fan voting for this year's All-Star Game in Minneapolis. Utley, who has held the lead since the first vote update came in, has garnered 1,678,843 votes. Utley is the only Phillies player to be in the top spot for his position.

Utley, a five-time All-Star, ranks fifth overall in votes behind outfielders Yasiel Puig (Dodgers) and Andrew McCutchen (Pirates), Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and vote leader Troy Tulowitzki. The Colorado shortstop leads with 2,593,387 votes.

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Utley entered Sunday hitting .308 with 24 doubles, three triples, five home runs, 32 RBIs and an .856 OPS. Among NL second basemen, he is first in doubles, batting average, on-base percentage (.366) and slugging percentage (.490). He is second in hits (76), fourth in RBIs and third in triples.

Despite taking over the franchise lead in hits on Saturday, three-time All-Star shortstop Jimmy Rollins is not in the top five of vote getters.

Fans can cast their votes for starters at and all 30 club sites -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15.

Fans may submit up to 25 online ballots, but they can also earn a one-time bonus of 10 additional online ballots. To access these additional online ballots, you must be logged into your account when you submit any online ballot. If you do not have an account, register on the site in accordance with the enrollment instructions for a free account.

Fans this year once again can participate in the Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the Home Run Derby. The 2014 Home Run Derby will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 14.

The 2014 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on the 2014 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show during the weekend of July 5-6, with further details to follow on Immediately following the announcement of the AL and NL All-Star rosters, fans can begin voting to select the final player for each league's 34-man roster via the 2014 All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Experian. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each league over the balloting period.

And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at via the 2014 All-Star Game MVP Vote Sponsored by Pepsi, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy. will provide extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.

The 85th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit

Michael Radano is a contributor to

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