Bryant, Zobrist need final vote boost to hang on

All-Star Game balloting ends tonight; Rizzo, Russell, Fowler also in position to start

Bryant, Zobrist need final vote boost to hang on

Chicago's Kris Bryant and Ben Zobrist still lead their respective positions in All-Star voting, but their leads have shrunk as today's voting deadline nears.

Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy has outgained Zobrist by 53.5 percent the past two days, as Zobrist's lead now sits at less than 185,000 votes.

Bryant's lead at third base has shrunk to approximately 290,000 votes as Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado has outgained Bryant by 25.1 percent over the last two days.

Like Bryant and Zobrist, first baseman Anthony Rizzo, shortstop Addison Russell and center fielder Dexter Fowler still lead their respective positions.

Catcher Miguel Montero (854,629) is currently fourth, but is more than 700,000 votes behind leading vote-getter Yadier Molina (1,568,930) of the Cardinals. Jason Heyward (1,485,679) is currently the first one out in the three-outfielder leaderboard, more than 750,000 votes behind third place Yoenis Cespedes (2,249,489) of the Mets. Jorge Soler is also among the top 15 outfielders in the NL, ranking seventh with 992,174 votes.

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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.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.