HOUSTON -- A current Houston second baseman and one from the past are neck and neck in All-Star voting, and this race is likely to go right down to the 11th hour.
Craig Biggio, back at his old position after a two-year stint in the outfield, trails Jeff Kent, now with the Dodgers after playing second base for the Astros in 2003 and 2004. Biggio has 322,126 votes to Kent's 506,272.
Biggio was hitting .273 through Sunday's win over the Cardinals and had played in 53 of the Astros' 55 games. Biggio, a seven-time All-Star, last appeared in the Midsummer Classic in 1998.
Jeff Bagwell, a sentimental favorite, ranks fourth among first baseman in All-Star balloting with 158,899 votes, despite the fact that he hasn't played since mid-May and won't return from his right shoulder surgery any earlier than September. Bagwell trails the Cardinals' Albert Pujols, the Cubs' Derrek Lee and the Mets' Doug Mientkiewicz.
One Astro worthy of All-Star votes who does not appear in his position's top five is third baseman Morgan Ensberg, who was hitting .292 (52-for-178) with a club-high 12 homers and 30 RBIs through Sunday. Scott Rolen (St. Louis), Chipper Jones (Atlanta), Troy Glaus (Diamondbacks), Aramis Ramirez (Cubs) and David Wright (Mets) held the top five spots among NL third baseman according to the latest results released by Major League Baseball.
All-Star balloting continues at Minute Maid Park through June 22. Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times with the Ameriquest 2005 All-Star Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 club sites. Online balloting ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on June 30.
Alyson Footer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.