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Young, Zimmerman need All-Star votes

Young, Zimmerman need All-Star votes

WASHINGTON -- First baseman Dmitri Young and third baseman Ryan Zimmerman are making strong cases to represent the Nationals in the All-Star Game this year.

Entering Tuesday's action, Young is leading the team in batting average (.323) and on-base percentage (.399). In fact, in his last 15 games, he is 26-for-50 (.520) with 13 RBIs. Young is looking to make his second All-Star appearance. His first came in 2003 as a member of the Tigers.

"You can tell by the way he's taking pitches, and he's hitting everybody, left, right, hard-throwers, soft-tossers. ... He's locked in," manager Manny Acta said. "He's always been a good hitter. We all know that."

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Zimmerman continues to be the Nationals' best run producer. He is leading the team in home runs (eight), RBIs (30), runs (31) and hits (58).

"When the big guy hits, we have a very good chance to hit," Acta said. "We need him to get hot and continue to contribute. We need him. It's not a secret."

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 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.

All-Star Game Coverage

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.

Bill Ladson 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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