Votes lift Ethier into would-be starting spot

Votes lift Ethier into would-be starting spot

LOS ANGELES -- Since the previous All-Star vote update, Andre Ethier missed more games than he played, yet he moved up in the vote-total standings for the 2010 All-Star Game, which will be played July 13 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.

In the latest balloting update released on Wednesday, the Dodgers right fielder, who came off the disabled list Monday, moved into third place among National League outfielders, which would put him in the starting lineup for his first All-Star appearance if he can hold the spot.

"It's good to have him back," said manager Joe Torre, whose team went 10-5 while Ethier was disabled with a broken finger, which remains in a splint. "We played well while he was gone, but getting him back makes us whole."

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites using the 2010 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Sprint until July 1 at 8:59 p.m. PT. Sprint subscribers can now vote on the go with select Sprint devices. They can learn more about how to vote on their smart phones at MLB.com/Sprint.

Starting rosters will be announced during the 2010 All-Star Game Selection Show on TBS on July 4. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2010 All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Sprint.

And the voting doesn't end there. Fans will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet at the Midsummer Classic via the 2010 All-Star Game MVP Vote Sponsored by Sprint.

The All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX and around the world by Major League Baseball International. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio play-by-play, while MLB.com will offer extensive online coverage.

Ethier is the only Dodgers player currently holding a potential starting spot, having moved ahead of the Phillies' Shane Victorino, a former Dodgers farmhand, who slipped to fourth. The Brewers' Ryan Braun and another former Dodger, Philadelphia's Jayson Werth, are 1-2 in outfield voting. Fellow Dodgers Matt Kemp is seventh and Manny Ramirez ninth at the position.

Other Dodgers in the running for All-Star spots are James Loney (fourth at first base), Rafael Furcal (fourth at shortstop), Casey Blake (fifth at third base) and Russell Martin (fifth at catcher).

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.