On first ASG update, Dee, Stanton in line for first starts

On first ASG update, Dee, Stanton in line for first starts

PITTSBURGH -- Second baseman Dee Gordon and outfielder Giancarlo Stanton represent the Marlins well on the first National League update of the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, which was released Wednesday.

Gordon led all National League second basemen in fan votes with 934,249. He's followed by the Cardinals' Kolten Wong (582,238). Gordon has never earned a starting assignment at the All-Star Game, although he made the NL squad as a reserve last year with the Dodgers.

It would be deserved, as well. Gordon leads all qualified Major Leaguers with a .376 batting average. He is also first in the league in steals with 19.

Despite relative struggles this season, Stanton, a two-time All-Star, garnered 746,926 fan votes -- good for third among NL outfielders and a would-be starting spot in the Midsummer Classic. He trails NL-leading vote-getter Bryce Harper (1,116,582) and the Cardinals' Matt Holliday (979,008).

Stanton's solo shot

Stanton is also vying to be a first-time All-Star starter, although he's been named to the team twice and was in the lineup last year as the designated hitter. His batting average (.232) this season isn't up to par with previous years, but his power numbers have impressed. Entering Wednesday, the 25-year-old ranked third in the NL with 13 home runs, and was tied with Harper for the most RBIs in baseball.

Stanton and Gordon can become just the third and fourth Marlins players -- joining Gary Sheffield and Hanley Ramirez -- to receive a starting bid from the fans.

Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- on their computers, tablets and smartphones -- using the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot until Thursday, July 2, at 11:59 p.m. ET. For the first time, voting is exclusively online, where fans may submit up to 35 ballots.

Fans may also receive the ballot by texting VOTE to 89269 (USA) or 101010 (Canada). Or text VOTA for a ballot in Spanish. Message and data rates may apply. Up to five messages. No purchase required. Reply STOP to cancel. Reply HELP for info.

Following the announcement of the 2015 All-Stars, be sure to return to MLB.com and cast your 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the final player for each league's All-Star roster. On Tuesday, July 14, watch the 2015 All-Star Game live on FOX, and during the game visit MLB.com to submit your choice for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet via the 2015 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.

MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of All-Star Week festivities.

The 86th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, 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 SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.

John McGonigal is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.