Arenado needs late All-Star ballot push

Arenado needs late All-Star ballot push

OAKLAND -- After receiving one honor Monday, Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado found himself far away from one that his year says he deserves strong consideration for -- a starting spot for the National League squad in the 2015 All-Star Game.

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Arenado, who entered Monday night's game with the Athletics leading the Majors with 68 RBIs, remains in fourth place among third basemen in the NL voting, according to the final voting update. Arenado checked in with 2,964,460 votes, while third-base leader Matt Carpenter of the Cardinals had 6,252,327 votes. The starters will be announced this Sunday.

Four-time All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who entered Monday fifth in the NL with a .313 batting average, ranks third among shortstops in the current voting. But second baseman DJ LeMahieu, seventh in the league at .309, was nowhere to be found in the top five at second base.

Arenado was named the NL Player of the Week on Monday, after hitting seven homers in the last seven games. So hot was Arenado that manager Walt Weiss moved him to the cleanup spot Monday against the Athletics, switching him one spot with Carlos Gonzalez and just behind Tulowitzki.

"Hopefully, more pitches to hit -- when you've got those two guys in the lineup, it gives you a better chance," Arenado said.

Arenado cannot recall showing more power over a stretch in his life.

"Home run-wise, I've never done that before," Arenado said. "Hits-wise, I don't really remember. It was a great week but the greatest thing out of all that is the RBIs. A lot of that has to do with my teammates getting on base."

If the voting doesn't take a dramatic turn, there are several ways for Arenado, as well as LeMahieu and Tulowitzki, to make the NL squad -- through voting by players, coaches and managers; by being picked by NL manager Bruce Bochy; or through the Final Vote.

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