Braun in line for another All-Star start

Baseball fans have backed Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun to the tune of 1,112,971 votes, placing him third among National League outfielders in the first round of All-Star Game balloting results released Tuesday.

If the Midsummer Classic were tomorrow, Braun would start for the fifth straight year, alongside leading NL vote-getter Matt Kemp of the Dodgers and Carlos Beltran of the Cardinals. Kemp by far leads all NL players with more than 1.9 million votes.

Other Brewers on the ballot are further down the list. Rickie Weeks is running fourth among second baseman despite his sub-.200 batting average, and third baseman Aramis Ramirez, injured catcher Jonathan Lucroy and injured shortstop Alex Gonzalez are fifth at their respective positions. Lucroy is out for six weeks with a fractured hand and Gonzalez is out for the year after knee surgery, so neither would be able to play in the All-Star Game.

Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites — online or via your mobile device — using the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday, June 28, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Fans can also once again participate in the State Farm 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 State Farm Home Run Derby. The 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby — part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day — 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 9.

The 2012 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 1, on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show, televised nationally on TBS. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com.

And the voting doesn’t end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the official 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 MLB.com via the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.

The 2012 All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, July 10. Come to MLB.com for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.

The 83rd All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, 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 Sirius XM also will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.

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