Ethier closing in on All-Star starting berth

Ethier closing in on All-Star starting berth

SAN FRANCISCO -- Andre Ethier retained his hold on a starting outfield position for the National League in the latest vote totals for the 2010 All-Star Game, to be played July 13 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.

Ethier, the only Dodgers position player in the running to be voted into the starting lineup, currently ranks third and needs a late push to catch leader Ryan Braun and current runner-up rookie Jason Heyward. He's well ahead of former Dodger Jayson Werth, who is fourth.

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 Thursday 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 Sunday. 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.

This would be the first All-Star berth for Ethier, who is coming off a Silver Slugger season in 2009.

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