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Hunter holds steady in All-Star voting

Time running out to send Hunter to Motown

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Heading into the final stretch of balloting for the All-Star game at Detroit, Twins center fielder Torii Hunter remained in seventh place among American League outfielders.

Fans can vote for Hunter and other Twins players online through June 30.

At the latest count, released on Monday, Hunter had 702,344 votes. Boston's Manny Ramirez (1,697,604 votes), the Angels' Vladimir Guerrero (1,605,068) and Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki (1,564,660) are the top three AL outfielders on the leaderboard.

Hunter has continued to be one of Minnesota's hottest hitters in recent weeks. He belted three home runs over the weekend at Milwaukee and is batting .268 with 14 homers and 46 RBIs through 69 games this season.

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.

There will be two ways for fans to vote for the 2005 All-Star Final Vote - online at MLB.com or on the go from cell phones. Fans can simply text the word "VOTE" to 69652 (MYMLB) and be instantly registered to receive Final Vote ballots. Then, for just 99 cents a ballot, they'll have the freedom to vote from wherever they are. Fans can pre-register for the mobile ballot now.

The Ameriquest 2005 All-Star Final Vote will conclude on Wednesday, July 6 at 7 p.m. CT. The two winners will be announced on ESPN and MLB.com shortly thereafter.

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 Radio will provide exclusive play-by-play coverage of the game on the Internet.

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