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Martin closing in on All-Star berth

Martin closing in on All-Star berth

LOS ANGELES -- With three days left in online All-Star balloting, Russell Martin has a 213,114-vote lead over New York Met and former Dodger Paul Lo Duca at the catcher's position for the National League. Martin would become the first Canadian catcher to start an All-Star Game.

Dodgers second baseman Jeff Kent ranks in second place, more than 400,000 votes behind Philadelphia's Chase Utley. First baseman Nomar Garciaparra and shortstop Rafael Furcal are third at their respective positions according to the latest results released Monday by Major League Baseball for the 78th All-Star Game, to be played on July 10 at San Francisco's AT&T Park. In the outfield, Luis Gonzalez, Juan Pierre and Andre Ethier rank 10th, 11th and 15th, respectively.

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times with the Monster 2007 All-Star Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 club sites until Thursday, June 28 at 11:59 p.m. CT.

Fans will again be given the opportunity to cast an All-Star vote immediately following the 2007 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show Presented by Chevrolet, which will be televised by Turner Sports on Sunday, July 1. Baseball fans around the world will be able to select the final player on each All-Star team via the Monster.com 2007 All-Star Final Vote.

All-Star Game Coverage

Selecting the rosters isn't the end of the fun in 2007, either. Concluding the All-Star balloting process, fans will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player presented by Chevrolet at the All-Star Game via the Monster.com 2007 All-Star Game MVP Vote at MLB.com.

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

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

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