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Brewers fans go the distance for Lee

Brewers fans go the distance for Lee

Carlos Lee ranks among the National League leaders in home runs and RBIs, and he's finally showing up on the list of potential All-Stars.

Lee, who was tied with the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez for the Major League lead with 59 RBIs after a two-run home run Saturday night, ranked 15th among NL outfielders in the latest round of online balloting results for the 76th All-Star Game.

With in-stadium balloting winding down, fans still have a chance to boost Lee up the list. The top three finishers will form the starting outfield on July 12 at Comerica Park in Detroit. The current leaders are the Mets' Carlos Beltran, the Cardinals' Jim Edmonds and the Phillies' Bobby Abreu.

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Lee trails a pair of NL Central foes; the Cardinals' Reggie Sanders is ranked 14th and the Cubs' Jeromy Burnitz is 13th. Online balloting continues until 11 p.m. CT on Thurs., June 30 and in-stadium balloting at Miller Park ends on June 23.

The 2005 American League and National League All-Star Teams will be unveiled on the Major League Baseball All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Chevrolet, which will air live on ESPN at 6 p.m. CT on Sunday, July 3. This special program will feature the announcement of the 17 elected starters, as determined by the fan balloting program, and 45 pitchers and reserves, as determined by the player ballot and the two All-Star Team managers -- Terry Francona of the Boston Red Sox and Tony La Russa of the St. Louis Cardinals -- and Major League Baseball.

Immediately following the Major League Baseball All-Star Game Selection Show, fans will have the opportunity to select the final position player for each league's 32-man roster at MLB.com. The Ameriquest 2005 All-Star Final Vote will provide fans the opportunity to cast their votes from a list of five players from each League over a three-day period. Both winners of the Ameriquest All-Star Final Vote will be announced after the voting has concluded on Wednesday, July 6.

Concluding the All-Star balloting process, fans once again will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player presented by Chevrolet at the 76th All-Star Game via the Ameriquest 2005 All-Star Game MVP Vote on 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 provide extensive online coverage and MLB.com Radio will provide exclusive play-by-play coverage of the game on the Internet.

Adam McCalvy 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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