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Soriano bidding for All-Star start

Soriano making All-Star voting push

Alfonso Soriano is doing his best to not only get the Cubs on track but maybe pick up a few votes for the All-Star Game.

Soriano's impressive 4-for-5 game on Friday against the Atlanta Braves, when he hit three home runs, should help him pick up a few online votes in the race for a spot on the National League All-Star outfield.

The Cubs left fielder was third in the latest online balloting with 693,255 votes, behind the Mets' Carlos Beltran (1,017,795) and Reds outfielder Ken Griffey Jr (759,484). The Giants' Barry Bonds was fourth (651,246), followed by the Braves' Andruw Jones (576,589).

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Soriano hit three home runs on five pitches in the game at Turner Field, including two on the first two pitches he saw. The Cubs won, 9-1.

"I'm always very aggressive, that's why I lead off," Soriano said after the game. "I felt very good, especially when I hit a homer on the first pitch. So why should I have to wait for another pitch if he's going to throw a strike?"

Makes sense.

Soriano was batting .463 (19-for-44) in 10 June games heading into the Cubs' Monday night contest against the Astros, and had six home runs, one double, two triples and 10 RBIs. He's also scored 11 runs in that stretch.

The All-Star Game will be played July 10 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 June 28 at 10:59 p.m. CT.

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 July 1. Baseball fans around the world will be able to 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.

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The countdown begins at Wrigley Field. The Cubs' current homestand, which ends Sunday against the San Diego Padres, is the last one in which fans attending games at Wrigley Field can cast All-Star ballots at the ballpark.

Chicago's Derrek Lee is having a tough time cracking into the top three among NL first basemen. There's a tight race among the Cardinals' Albert Pujols, the Brewers' Prince Fielder and the Dodgers' Nomar Garciaparra. Lee was fourth in the latest online voting.

The Cubs' Aramis Ramirez was fourth in the online voting among NL third basemen. The Mets' David Wright was the leader in the latest online results.

Carrie Muskat 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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