Utley still atop NL second base voting

Utley still atop NL second base voting

PHILADELPHIA -- Chase Utley remains the only Phillie likely to get an All-Star start, according to the latest online returns.

The trip would be Utley's second consecutive. In one of the tighter positional races, Utley (448,277 votes) leads Houston's Craig Biggio (303,389), who is pursuing his 3,000th hit. Rounding out the top five are Milwaukee's Rickie Weeks (280,879), Los Angeles' Jeff Kent (278,125) and New York's Jose Valentin (223,699).

Utley, who had held down the cleanup spot in Ryan Howard's absence, is in the middle of another All-Star worthy season. He has appeared in every Phillies game this season -- and leads all second basemen with 24 doubles, 44 RBIs, 124 total bases and a .554 slugging percentage. He's tied for second with nine home runs.

Teammate Howard still hadn't cracked the top five vote-getters among National League first baseman. The 2006 NL MVP was sixth in the NL in RBIs as of Sunday, with 30. He has been walked 34 times, third most in the NL.

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 also be allowed to cast an All-Star vote immediately after 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.

Concluding the All-Star balloting process, fans can participate in the 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.com Radio will have exclusive play-by-play coverage of the game on the Internet.

Jimmy Rollins is third among NL shortstops (268,383 votes), behind New York's Jose Reyes (563,944) and Milwaukee's J.J. Hardy (380,772), and is ahead of Atlanta's Edgar Renteria (235,540), and the Dodgers' Rafael Furcal (224,766).

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