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Beltran remains in All-Star driver's seat

Beltran remains in All-Star driver's seat

NEW YORK -- Carlos Beltran has seen some tough times recently, his effectiveness sapped first by a prolonged slump, and then by a frightening injury.

Mets fans don't care. And why should they? He's still Carlos Beltran, the very same Carlos Beltran who's been an All-Star in each of the past three seasons, and who led the Mets last year with 41 home runs. This year is shaping up no differently, as Beltran -- despite his woes -- remains the National League's leading vote-getter with 758,457, joining David Wright, Jose Reyes and Paul Lo Duca as tops at their positions through two weeks of voting.

Beltran is one of three Mets starting outfielders among the top nine in the league, though disabled list stints for the other two, Moises Alou and Shawn Green, have tempered voting for them a bit.

The Mets remain represented in the top five at all eight positions, with Carlos Delgado's hot hitting bumping him from fifth to fourth among first basemen over the course of the week. Even injured second baseman Jose Valentin made the cut, ranking fourth among second basemen despite not having played in over a month.

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.

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.

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.

The Mets dominated voting a year ago with the quartet of Beltran, Wright, Reyes and Lo Duca all earning the start at their respective positions. But Reyes didn't play due to injury, meaning this could become the first Mets foursome since 1986 -- and just the second Mets foursome ever -- to start the All-Star Game together.

Anthony DiComo is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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