Markakis making push for Braves' All-Star nod

Markakis making push for Braves' All-Star nod

ATLANTA -- Though the Braves do not yet have a clear-cut All-Star candidate, Nick Markakis has started to show signs he could spend the remainder of this month enhancing his candidacy.

Markakis and Freddie Freeman stand as Atlanta's most likely position players to serve as the club's representative at this year's All-Star Game presented by MasterCard. But like each of their other Braves teammates, neither was listed among the leaders at their respective positions when the National League's second Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot voting update was released on Wednesday.

After notching a Major League-high 11 doubles in April, Markakis struggled throughout most of May. But the two-time Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner entered Wednesday having hit .300 with three doubles and a .693 OPS over his past 11 games.

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Following the announcement of the 2016 All-Stars, be sure to return to MLB.com and cast your 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the final player on each league's All-Star roster. On Tuesday, July 12, watch the 2016 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard 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 2016 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote.

The 87th All-Star Game, in San Diego, will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB.com, MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.