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Cabrera jumps one spot in NL voting

Cabrera jumps one spot in NL voting

MIAMI -- When you post big numbers the way Miguel Cabrera does, it is difficult to ignore the statistics.

Right now, the Internet-voting fans are taking notice.

In last week's All-Star online voting, Cabrera moved ahead of Atlanta's Chipper Jones into second place among National League third basemen to play at this year's All-Star Game. While Cabrera has the most dominant numbers of any NL third baseman, he trails New York's David Wright in the voting.

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Wright has a commanding lead in the online balloting, while Cabrera is second, followed by Jones.

Cabrera is the only Marlins player in the top five at his respective position in the voting.

The Marlins have two other position players who are worthy of strong consideration. Shortstop Hanley Ramirez is having a terrific season, and second baseman Dan Uggla's power numbers are on pace to be better than they were a year ago in the first half.

Uggla and Cabrera represented the Marlins at the 2006 All-Star Game. Both were voted onto the team by their peers.

The Midsummer Classic will be played on July 10 at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

Fans can cast their votes for starters 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 will again be given the opportunity to cast an All-Star vote immediately following the 2007 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show Presented by Chevrolet, which will be televised by Turner Sports on Sunday, July 1. Baseball fans around the world will be able select the final player on each All-Star team via the Monster.com 2007 All-Star Final Vote.

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 via the Monster.com 2007 All-Star Game MVP Vote at MLB.com.

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.

If Cabrera is selected this season, he will become the first player in Marlins history to be picked to four All-Star Games. The 24-year-old slugger has hit well over .300 all season, and he is tracking again for 25-plus home runs and more than 100 RBIs.

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Ramirez has been a force, first leading off and now batting in the No. 3 spot in the lineup. He's been among the leaders in runs scored in the Major Leagues, while batting better than .300.

At the All-Star break in 2006, Uggla was hitting .307 with 13 home runs and 51 RBIs. While his batting average is under .300, Uggla is on pace to have more home runs and RBIs at the break this season.

Eight Marlins position players are on the ballot, including catcher Miguel Olivo, first baseman Mike Jacobs, left fielder Josh Willingham, center fielder Alejandro De Aza and right fielder Jeremy Hermida.

Jacobs and De Aza are currently on the disabled list.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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