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Braves eyeing votes in All-Star races

Braves eyeing votes in All-Star races

Injuries haven't slowed the support for a pair of Braves in the All-Star voting, and plenty of time is left for Atlanta fans to send their favorite players into the game as starters.

Though he hasn't played since May 23 and was retroactively placed on the disabled list with an injured right thumb, Chipper Jones is third in the voting among National League third basemen with 499,404 votes (leader David Wright of the Mets has 757,164).

Also third is catcher Brian McCann (466,341 to leader Russ Martin's 615,406), who has received several days off lately with the recurrence of an ankle injury he suffered last year.

McCann made the All-Star team as a reserve last season, his first full year in the Major Leagues. Jones is a five-time All-Star, but injury-plagued seasons like the one he's currently experiencing have kept him from being named to the team since 2001.

Atlanta outfielder Andruw Jones, warming up at the plate, remains fifth in the voting. Shortstop Edgar Renteria, Atlanta's most consistent offensive player this season, is fourth, and Jeff Francoeur is eighth among NL outfielders.

Last year, Renteria joined McCann and Andruw Jones to earn All-Star selection via votes cast by fellow NL players and managers. This year, each of them have gained respectable consideration through the votes that fans have cast online and at every Major League stadium.

Fans have just a few more days to cast their ballots at Turner Field, as the voting ends there on June 19.

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 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.

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.

Jeff Lutz 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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