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Young Royals aim for All-Star bid

Young Royals aim for All-Star bid

DETROIT -- Two of the youngest players in the starting lineup will headline the list of eight Royals players on the official Major League ballot for the 2007 All-Star Game on July 10 at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

Third baseman Alex Gordon and shortstop Tony Pena Jr., who anchor the left side of the Royals infield, hope their play this season will earn them a spot in the Midsummer Classic. But the young infielders aren't alone in their hopes. What player in the Majors doesn't dream of making the All Star team?

A season ago, left-hander Mark Redman's dream came true when Redman represented the Royals in a game the American League won, 3-2, at Comerica Park. But the Royals, a young club trying to revive its storied past, have a number of players whose play should earn consideration this year.

For besides Gordon and Pena, the Royals have first baseman Ryan Shealy, second baseman Mark Grudzielanek, catcher John Buck, outfielder Emil Brown, outfielder David DeJesus and outfielder Mark Teahen on the official ballot.

They all hope their play will convince voters to select them for a berth on the starting team. And who are those voters? They are baseball fans everywhere; the vote for starting players is in their hands.

In picking the American League and National League starters, fans will be able to cast their votes up to 25 times with the Monster 2007 All-Star Online Ballot at MLB.com and all 30 club sites until Thursday, June 28, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Fans around the world will again have the opportunity to select the final player on each All-Star team via the Monster 2007 All-Star Final Vote. The vote will begin immediately following the 2007 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show Presented by Chevrolet, which will be televised by Turner Sports on Sunday, July 1.

Selecting the rosters isn't the end of the fun in 2007, either.

Concluding the All-Star balloting process, fans will have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player presented by Chevrolet at the All-Star Game through the Monster.com 2007 All-Star Game MVP Vote at MLB.com.

All-Star Game Coverage

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 offer extensive online coverage and MLB Radio will have exclusive play-by-play coverage of the game on the Internet.

For Royals fans, in-stadium balloting begins at Kauffman Stadium on April 27 and runs through June 20.

Justice B. Hill is a senior writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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